Unfortunate and Tragic

Wednesday, May 3                     

We can malign God by our speech.  “It’s unfortunate that ________ happened.”  Unfortunate means that it was accidental and shouldn’t have happened; it was just  bad luck.  Fortunate is good; unfortunate is bad.  That implies that God should not have let it happen, that it was either overlooked by God or he doesn’t care what happens.  This impugns God’s sovereignty.  In essence, we are saying that we, as finite creatures and gross sinners, can run the universe better than God can.  This is absurd.  We can also malign God with the word “tragic.”  A car accident is tragic.  In God’s eyes it is neither an accident nor tragic.  This use of the word “tragic” is what is tragic.  If our theology is right, God is in control, and everything that happens has a divine purpose.  And there are other words and phrases that fall into the same category.  A caveat here.  We don’t normally use those words in terms of their root meanings.  Fortunately (There I go again.) God knows the heart.  I’m not advocating any major shift in our speech patterns.  Time spent in trying to be technically correct is better spent doing his bidding.  Let’s just be grateful that God knows the heart.  But we should also evaluate our hearts and change accordingly.  We honor him best when we desire to be like him.  And that means change—lots of it.

 

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