Day 88: Doubts About God

Genesis 18:22-25

The men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before Yahweh. Abraham drew near, and said, “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? Be it far from you to do things like that, to kill the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be like the wicked. May that be far from you. Shouldn’t the Judge of all the earth do right?”

As you can see, God was exactly right about Abraham’s need to understand God correctly. Abraham was right that it is wrong to judge the righteous with the wicked but he was very wrong to question God about it. He was considering the possibility that somehow he knew more about what was right than God did and that God might need a little coaching.

Isn’t this exactly what we experience in the world today. Many people are unwilling to accept God and what He says because they believe that a good God wouldn’t do the things that the Bible says He did. The problem with this thinking is that somehow we believe that we know better than the all-knowing one. It is actually impossible for God to not be good. As I have said before, without God we wouldn’t know what good means anyway because it is God who made good and evil and God who made our brains. We can know that God is absolutely good and that everything He says and does is good. Isn’t it great to be Christian? We get to know things for certain because we are known by God.

The conscience that our God put into us tells us that it is wrong to destroy the righteous with the wicked. This is one of the reasons we can know that the rapture of the Church comes before the great tribulation. It would violate God’s word and his character for the righteous to be punished with the wicked. We can be certain that God will not include Christians with those who are punished for doing wrong because that’s the way a good God is. At least Abraham took his problem to the right person. He didn’t let it fester inside of himself but he shared his weakness with God. God did not reprimand Abraham for being honest about his doubts. We should follow Abraham’s pattern. If we have doubts we should take them to God and allow Him to teach us the truth about Himself.