She’s fifteen and no longer sure she believes in God. I ask why, and tears slip down her cheeks and splatter her shirt.
“If there is a God, how could He allow people to be so poor, to die hungry? To spend what little they have for medicine for a sick baby? Medicine that isn’t even working? What if he dies? What kind of God would allow that?
Oh, Father…my heart silently prays.
Gently I tell her, “But that’s not God. It’s us. People. The direct result of sin. Look around you. There is enough money, enough food in this world to eradicate poverty and feed every single hungry person, but we choose wrong. We choose to keep for ourselves what was never meant to be ours, God’s blessings pooling at our feet as we become fear-filled, fretful islands — people storing up, locking away, and paying to insure a stagnant pool of blessing meant to be a deep river flowing with abundance.
“God doesn’t give us all we have to lavish on ourselves. He pours out His love that it might flow through us, but because of sin, we misuse love, misname it, pervert it, abuse it, and attempt to destroy it in a thousand different ways, but the source is still God.
“1 John 3:16-18 says, ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.’
“God never intended for His children to be hungry or thirsty or homeless. He never wanted them to scavenge in garbage dumps to survive, never wanted them to be sick or abandoned or heartbroken or alone, and it breaks His heart. He created this world with all things for us to enjoy, and we messed it up. The pain you feel for God’s Treasures in Guatemala is the ugly reality of that sin. And now that you’ve seen, you have a choice: choose you and the comfortable life you’ve always lived or dare to stand with your heart bare and your hands open, willing to follow wherever, however He leads.”
“…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
Not I have nothing, but I am nothing. Without God, who is Love, we are nothing. But with Him, in Him, through Him, all things are possible! (See Philippians 4:13)
*Written for the beautiful women of We Used to Be You Ministries — sharing life experience, providing wise biblical counsel, and sharing the love of Christ with girls and young women.