Do you wonder why God kept the best secret ever a secret for so long? Since His secret was so full of good news…why did He wait so long to share it with us? Well, you might read Bible stories over and over and still not understand why does God the things He does. I’d like to show you how it’s because of His love for us.
When you first learn to tie your shoes, or make your bed, or read and write, you want to be able to do those things by yourself. Right? It’s a good feeling to know you can tie your shoes without any help. It’s a great feeling to know you can read a book by yourself. And because your mom or dad love you, they teach you how…and then they let you do it yourself. If they kept doing it for you, before you know it, you wouldn’t like it anymore.
God works like that. Instead of wondering WHY God does things like He does, you should be glad He does. He’s smarter than we are, so He knows we need to learn things and to figure things out for ourselves…even when they’re not any fun at all.
That’s why He made some rules and gave them to the Jewish people a long time ago. He wanted them to see how hard it was to live a truly good life. Those people spent thousands of years trying to keep the rules. In fact, they made even more rules to go with God’s rules. And they didn’t do a good job of keeping those either.
God knew His people wouldn’t be able to keep the rules. But He also knew they needed to find out for themselves. They sure found out the hard way. Once God knew it was the right time, He sent His Son, Jesus, to offer the hope of peace on earth. And guess what…?
A lot of the people didn’t believe Him. They just wouldn’t believe He was the Son of God. They didn’t believe He was the answer to their prayers. And they killed Him.
But Jesus rose from the dead just like He said He would. He proved He was God in the flesh. And He told a man named Paul to go and tell the world that everybody could be forgiven. There’s a place in the Bible where Jesus showed Paul how God kept this wonderful news a secret to let people learn how much they needed Him. And since God’s favorite people, the Jews, didn’t believe…He made a new plan. He sent Jesus to take your punishment…and my punishment…and the punishment for the whole world. When Jesus did that, He made a way for us to be forgiven and live forever.
So…maybe sometimes you wonder why God does things like He does. Just remember…it’s always out of love for those who love Him. And here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
What God does He does because He loves you.
He has reasons you can always trust.
So, don’t worry…He will never leave you
And His gold will cover all your rust.