What? Something we have an image of in our own mind or something we may somewhat understand but have only a small comprehension of? Or maybe all that matters is that we have faith that there is a God and he is alive working through us to make an impact in this world. Otherwise, what's the point?
Speaking to the Thessalonians Paul said this: God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.
If all we believe is that God is just, then that answers part of the question. Tough situations in our life, people hurt us, we have suffering, God is just to take of it. We hurt others, we make bad mistakes, we fall down when we should be walking right, God is just to justify us. That's why the role of Jesus is the rest of the answer.
By justifying us through his death and resurrection we have the right to walk by faith that God is always just, just not always the way we think he should be. That seems to be the root of our problem, defining who God should be instead of who he really is. That's where faith steps in to fill the gap of misunderstanding.
On this Thursday, September 15 seven years ago a careless driver took my youngest sons life. Though the hurt then was unbearable, and still is painful, his death propelled me back to ATB to develop what it is today. I did not understand it, but I know that my son, also Paul, walks with God while I walk out the rest of my life every day in honor of both of them.
God is just, he has given me relief through my troubled heart, and we pass on that same relief to others on His behalf!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.