God is sovereign. This is to say that God does as He pleases and He answers to no one. Not only is He unaccountable to anyone, no being in the universe has power or authority over Him. He is supreme over all. Even Satan, arguably the second greatest being, must report to the Throne Room of God (Job 1). Satan is a mere created being. Satan is God’s lackey. But let us not forget that you and I are also created beings. God has always existed. There has never been a time when God did not exist (John 1). Apart from Him, there would be nothing.
And as I stated, God bows to no one. God answers to no one. Your opinions and my opinions mean absolutely nothing to Him. This would be very frightening were it not for one immutable fact: God is good. God is incredibly good. God is good beyond our finite understanding of goodness. We may think we know what is good and what is proper and what is best and what is prudent and what is fair, but our knowledge of good is woefully lacking. Any created being who thinks he or she is better or wiser or fairer or kinder or smarter than God is foolish.
God created you and me. We are created beings. No created being can be superior in any way to its Creator.
This is to say that your ideas and my ideas of how this universe should run are inherently inferior to God’s ideas. No mere created being could possibly out-think or outwit God. To believe otherwise is a breach of logic and reason. You may not like the way in which God orchestrates people, events, and circumstances in order to achieve His will and purpose, but you can, in no way, devise any plan that would be superior to His plan. Again, I appeal to logic. No creature can be superior in any way to its Creator. It is an impossibility.
God’s mind is infinite. There is no secret unknown to Him. There are no limits to His knowledge. He cannot be confounded or befuddled by any problem. No single fact has escaped His attention. No scrap of knowledge in any far flung corner of the universe has eluded Him. Can we say the same? Can you name the stars in our galaxy? Are there other planets in the cosmos that support intelligent life? What does the future hold? I cannot answer these questions and neither can you. In fact, you do not even know my name nor do I know who is reading this response. Let’s face it—you and I really do not know very much, do we?
So here we are, you and me, two created beings with limited understanding and only a superficial understanding of goodness. Say, who are we to question God? And yet, we question God. We question God who is infinitely wiser and kinder and smarter and fairer than either of us. Do you see the folly in this?
As a pastor, people have told me they do not think God is fair. Is it fair, they ask, that some people will be eternally lost while others will be eternally saved? Is it fair, they wonder, that some people are hungry while others have plenty? And why must some people die so young while others live to ripe old ages? Why do some people enjoy vibrant health while others are plagued by mysterious diseases? Why does God permit wars? Why does God permit terrorism? Why? Why? Why?
I have cold, theological answers for all of these questions. And my cold, theological answers can stand up to some very exacting scrutiny. For now, however, I am going to keep my cold, theological answers to myself. Instead, I am going to offer you a challenge that will change your life and, quite possibly, the lives of tens of thousands of people. Maybe even more. Are you ready?
Let us talk about you. Is your heart burdened by those living in want? Do you cry out for those bound by poverty? Obviously, you have a burden for the poor, otherwise, you would not have asked the question that you asked. I have good news for you. By devoting your life to people burdened by poverty and hunger, you can make a real difference in the lives of those who do not have enough to eat. Go into either full time or part time ministry. Serve those in need. Feed the hungry. Bring hope and encouragement to those who live in squalor. Be one of God’s faithful servants and become a life saver. And, because of your ministry work, there will be people who will be blessed by you in many wonderful ways.
I do not mind telling you that serving others in the name of Jesus Christ is far, far better than merely earning a paycheck and chasing after the American Dream.
You rightly point out that people are hungry. Okay. People are hungry. Stop the questioning and do something about it. God may be waiting on someone just like you to feed the hungry. What are you waiting for, friend?
I will leave you with a true story told by the late G. Campbell Morgan. A very wealthy man was praying for overseas missionaries. His prayer was long and eloquent. He tearfully brought the needs of these struggling missionaries to the feet of God. After the wealthy man concluded his emotionally-charged prayer, his son said, “Dad, that was a beautiful prayer, but if I had your money, I could answer half of what you asked God to do immediately.”
Why merely ponder why some people live with hunger when it is fully within your power to help someone today?