20159B_BookVideoIt happened so fast! They were standing at the top of a two story metal scaffolding painting on either corner an old farmhouse five miles out of town. Suddenly Dean heard the metal leg on his corner groan and then it began to sway. Seconds later an ominous sound of two bolts popping out dropped him quickly to the ground making him land hard on his right hip. The force of Dean’s weight and his side of the scaffolding collapsing first sent his dad like a rocket into the air. Dean watched in terror as his dad landed on his head near a tree. From the position of Bob’s twisted body Dean knew before he ever reached his side that his dad was instantly killed. Dean walked away with minor scratches and a bruised hip.
Why do deadly accidents happen? Why would God allow such a devastating catastrophe to be witnessed by Bob’s beloved son? Maybe He didn’t check the scaffolding and make sure it was secure enough for both of their weights. Was it his fault? Did God cause this accident?
Questions that plague people during an accident can be hard to understand or bear. But anyone who has ever experienced being present during one will state that they question everything they did at that moment and for years to come. Why did God allow Dean’s father to die in an accident?
When Dean was young his father ran a bar and tiny grocery store for a small town. Bob was a guitar player and he taught him how to play too. You could always hear the wonderful rock and roll banter of both father and son joyfully playing songs for customers who came to relax and drink a beer. But everything changed when Bob became a Christian. He felt that he could not run a bar and lead a Christian life too. He sold his bar and house and became a carpenter instead. For over twenty years Dean and his father worked side by side sharing a deep spiritual faith in the Almighty God and witnessing to their customers as they remodeled, roofed and did all forms of carpentry.
Now Paul was a tent maker in the Bible and he was schooled in the strictest sect of the Jewish faith as a Pharisee. The Laws of Moses taught that you were to worship only God, but Jewish Christians were worshiping Jesus. This was against the law and so Paul persecuted them. It took a supernatural experience with Jesus to detour Paul from killing more Christians. But the most shocking part of his conversion was what Jesus said would happen to Paul after he became a Christian.
Acts 9: 15&16: “The Lord said to him, ‘Go, because I have chosen him (Paul) to serve me, to make my name known to Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel. And I myself will show him all that he must suffer for my sake.’” (The Good News Study Bible)
Up until this time Paul had the favor of his church and the leaders. But after his call to serve Jesus everything changed. Now he would be persecuted and he would suffer for being a Christian.
Many Christians believe that if they follow Jesus they will be free from the pain of the world’s tragedies. This is not true! Bad things happened to Christians during biblical times and they happen today too. The only difference between Christians and non-Christians is they understand that they are in a fight against evil. We live in a fallen world ruled by Satan. Satan wants to kill people and he uses every weapon in this world to do it.
1 John 5:19 “We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One.” (The Good News Study Bible)
Jesus explained to Paul that when he followed him that he would come under attack. When you follow God, Satan wants to defeat you. He uses every means necessary to stop you from following Christ. This is the reason why there are people who fall prey to accidents. It is not because God is hurting you but because Satan is trying to stop you from following Christ. Paul handled the knowledge that he would suffer by encouraging people to keep their eyes focused on the prize of heaven.
Philippians 3: 10: “All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life.” (The Good News Study Bible)
Acts 20: 23&24: “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit has warned me that prison and troubles wait for me. But I reckon my own life to be worth nothing to me; I only want to complete my mission and finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do, which is to declare the Good News about the grace of God.” (The Good News Study Bible)
Bob gave his life to Christ and he became a shining example to his family and friends of what a Christian man should look like. One year before the accident Bob was diagnosed with cancer. It was incurable. He did not understand why this was happening to him but he was determined to live his life for Jesus regardless of how much time he had left. This is the reason why he was on the scaffolding. He was determined to live and not allow the Cancer to control his life.
The day of Bob’s funeral people everywhere gathered in church to mourn his tragic death. Instead of mourning they were present for a celebration of his wonderful life. A man who was dedicated to God. A man who took good care of his family. A godly man who will be missed, but never forgotten by the people who had the privilege to know him during his lifetime.
God never causes accidents! He never puts people in situations that would cause them harm. The reason that accidents happen is because we live in a world where Satan reigns. Satan wants to confuse people and hurt them so deeply that they will give up their faith in Jesus Christ. This is the reason why Jesus came as the Savior of the world. He came to help people in their fight against Satan.
God takes the suffering that people face and rewards men for walking the path of a Christian. Two years before Bob took out a one hundred and fifty thousand dollar accidental death insurance policy through his bank. His family received nothing if he died from cancer, but his wife received the full death benefit when he died from an accident. She needed this money to survive her husbands accident. God takes what Satan does to defeat people and he rewards his children for their suffering.
Dean refused to blame God. God took him in his arms and loved him because his suffering over his father was great. Time healed the pain Dean felt and God gave him the strength to continue to do carpentry with his own Son.
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