“The Lord had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful to the Lord.” 2 Ch. 28:19
It wasn’t through my own doing that I turned out to be what I am, for it wasn’t by own choosing that I was born into the family where I was raised. In fact, I would have become an entirely different person had my mother succumbed to my grandparents’ demand and given me away for adoption. I seem to have a bad habit of attempting to establish a close link between my present and my past and finding out the cause and effect between the two. By doing so, I may be able to find a reasonable apology for all my character flaws and all the missteps of my actions. There must be reasons behind who and what I am, and I should not be morally responsible for all my morel failures, I think.
Surely I don’t intend to be dragged for yet another time into the sticky issue of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. I have dealt with this issue numerous times and it has never been clarified. I seem to have resolved, partially at least, to let the mysterious remain unresolved.
This much is clear, however, that Ahaz’s unfaithfulness did adversely affect the people in Judah and they suffered merely because the king failed to obey God’s command. “The Lord had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful to the Lord.” There seems to be a clear correlation between the king’s unfaithfulness to the Lord and the afflictions the people suffered.
“How did you deal with so much suffering in your life?” I asked Johnny, the handy man who has been doing work for us off and on for many years. “Well, I just do what I can control,” he replied. Unlike me, he isn’t one who constantly tries to attribute all his ills to other people or to trace his sufferings back to unknown causes. Perhaps it takes so much effort to survive that he simply doesn’t have the luxury to concern himself with the rest. Suffering becomes less daunting when one becomes better acquainted with it, I guess. To Johnny, it’s more a way of life than anothing else, and he isn’t caught by surprise.
I have never blamed my parents for who I am and what I have turned out to be, for they themselves were also victimized by their upbringing as well. If there is anything at all, a generational curse might have been the real cause of all our ills and, come to think of it, the curse can be traced back to Adam’s fall. Yet we do have cause to praise, for the curse was severed on Calvary’s hill and it was nailed on the cross.
In view of the cross, the mystery of suffering is resolved.