Updated: Jan 17
I can understand how people may feel when they hear and read the account of the way God moved and spared all our lives here in Mallacoota on New Year’s Day 2020. And of course if they’ve lost loved ones or property, they'd be asking questions about why God didn’t spare them.
This has been the reality that I’ve asked God about and dealt with many many times over the last few years of this difficult walk of life with King Jesus. I've had to walk through incredibly gut-wrenching situations and issues; whether it was the loss of a child from miscarriage, the loss of my marriage or how Christians could turn their backs on me when they said they loved me, I have had to personally walk through the fires of life, constantly asking God to put them out and save me from them, but instead, He chose to take me through the fires of persecution and grief. Now I can see the wisdom in it, but it didn’t take away the pain and suffering that I had to deal with, however, I can honestly say it was the biggest blessing of my life because it brought me to my knees and into my Saviour's arms where He brought me back onto solid ground: the beautiful Word of God and the Prince of peace.
Other people weren’t going through what I was walking through and it seemed so unfair at the time, so when it comes to dealing with all these questions, we have no other alternative but to totally trust and surrender everything to God, who loves us, disciplines us, cares for us and gets us ready for eternity. It doesn’t mean we won’t suffer and it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do everything we can in the natural to prepare, not only our properties for bushfires.
Jesus said the road to life is narrow and difficult and only few find it, but the road to hell and destruction is broad, wide and easy and the majority of people walk that way (Matthew 7:13-14).
It simply comes down to this; who are you going to trust? Yourself? The doctors? The government? The police? God uses all these services but at the end of the day, if that’s where your faith is then it’s an idol because only Jesus can truly rescue us, whether we die of natural causes or perish in a blaze. As Jesus said in John 11:25-26, 'I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.' Proverbs 3:5-6 says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.'
So in a nutshell, do everything you can do that’s humanly possible to prepare for whatever it is you’re facing; whether it's bushfires, battling cancer, recovering from an illness or injury but don’t forget who it is we are serving and what He says in His written Word, the Holy Bible.
Pray earnestly, seek His face and leave the results up to God.