Monday, August 22, 2011

Does God Teach Us Lessons?

I have heard people say, "God is trying to teach that person a lesson, that is why ... keeps happening. They haven't learned the lesson that God is trying to teach." So, does God work that way? Does God intentionally cause bad things to happen in our lives to teach us a lesson? Will those bad things keep happening in our lives if we haven't learned the lessons that God wants us to learn from them? Do you think God does this? Why or why not? What does that say about God and or us? Or life for that matter? Why do some people say or think this way? Have you heard this from anyone? What did you think or say? Are there examples in the Bible where God does this?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.


Blogger Sarah Grace said...

We are saved by the blood of Jesus. Because of this a lot of "old testament law" and things like sacrifices, direct punishment from God, etc. were thrown out. Now, I believe 100% everything happens for a reason and God knows what he's doing. I don't think he does things to punish us... but I do believe all things that happen, including the bad things, happen for a reason - reasons we may never know, but God does. But I don't think any of those reasons are a deliberate punishment. JMHO.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes God teaches lessons from his word. it never fails. i agree with Sarah Grace...

12:11 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks for your thoughts and comments. They are alawys so insightful. Maybe it is that those who think this way view God a certain way or hold on to the laws of the OT? What is frustrating for some is that we don't know what God is doing behidn the scenes. We maybe confuse our will with His. We have the knowledge of good and evil but don't know the full picture. Thanks again.

12:23 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I agree with you that we learn from God through scripture. But does God teach us in other ways and means? Holy Spirit? Life experiences?

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think he does at all.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I think there are lessons to be learned from any experience (good or bad). But blaming something on God seems a bit shallow.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Kinney, I don't believe God plays such an active role in controlling our lives. We aren't puppets. We have free will and what happens to us in this life is a result of the consequences of where we were born, into what family and the result of free will choices by us and other people. Patrick Mead had a good series on his blog recently on Open Theism that I silently Amen-ed a lot.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Hi kinney - I think God allows us to make decisions and deal with the consequences of those decision. "reap what you sow" but Heb 12 does speak to God's correction. It is hard to say how often this correction happens and when but it must otherwise Heb 12 wouldn't be there. So I think God is intimately involved in our lives and at the same time allows us to make our own decisions. I know that is a bit of a dichotomy but we find dichotomies throughout Gods word so it shouldn't surprise us!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

While He does not cause all things to happen God does cause all things to work together to make us like His Son. Three years ago I wrote about the idea that things happening for a reason here.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Mystic_Mom said...

God gives us free will and choices, God also loves us dearly and never wishes to see us come to harm. He does allow us to learn through experiences. He also can use us as teachers through others seeing our experiences. Like Job it is not ours to question why but to keep the faith, keep proclaiming the faith and seeking Him.

9:51 PM  
OpenID newheights said...

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Hebrews 12:5-6

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Paulufgq said...

While He does not cause all things to happen God does cause all things to work together to make us like His Son. Three years ago I wrote about the idea that things happening for a reason here .

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most evil what you can think was done to me. I wept at his alter for months. He healed me. He told me to forgive. I did. I'm richer than them now. I'm more powerful than you can think, but I forgave because he told me too. I live my life right. I expect nothing from him except his love.

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