1 Chronicles 9: Why Do We Have Problems?
I know that is definitely not a popular topic, but there is no doubt that God uses problems to sometimes get us back on track. In 1 Chronicles 9, we very directly see that the Babylonian captivity was a result of the sins of the people of Israel.
1Ch 9:1 So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.
It is somewhat hard because we do know that God will forgive anything. However, if we continue to live in our sin, God might allow an obstacle to come into our lives to steer us back towards Him. This happened many times in the Bible, and two obvious examples are Jonah and Paul. They both were living in rebellion, and it took a giant fish or temporary blindness to bring them back to where they should have been.
As we will see, this is similar to what the people of Israel were going through at this time. They were in captivity because of their problems, but it helped to bring them back to where they needed to be.
Some people might wonder why there need to be troubles. After all, if God is so good, why are people not drawn to Him naturally? I would contend that people are drawn to God, but I think that they sometimes misplace where the source of their desire comes from. I think that most people want to be loved by other people. They want to have that feeling of acceptance. As Christians, we believe that love comes originally from God, and we know how to love other people because of how God loves us. Without God, you have to believe that that kind of feeling comes only from within yourself.
It isn’t that people doubt or don’t want love, but they don’t understand where it comes from. We are drawn to what God offers, but some people don’t want to acknowledge that it is from God.
I honestly do not know if God really wants to give us problems, but the fact of the matter is that He wants to bring us back onto the right path, and this is one of His methods of doing that.