CQ Plus September 29 2012

The Bigger Picture 

Introduction
Gen. 3:15; Prov. 3:13–18; Rom. 8:28–39

Let’s play a game called “Two Truths and a Lie.” I’ll make three statements and you decide which two are truths, and which one is the lie. Choose wisely!

1. God wants EVERYONE to be in Heaven with Him for eternity.
2. God wants us to trust in Him.
3. God wants us to be clueless and kept in the dark.

If you picked #3 as the lie, you are right! (no prizes, although you can give yourself a pat on the back.) The truth is God wants us to have wisdom. When asked what God could bestow upon him, Solomon chose wisdom. And the Lord was pleased (See 1 Kings 3:1–28, NLT).

It is not uncommon for people (ourselves included) to struggle with confusion and even anger towards God. How often have you heard, “I just can’t believe in a God who would allow this to happen to me!” or have questioned what God’s plan is for us? There are plenty of reasons for us to get angry. There’s plenty of pain and evil and injustice to go around. And it can be very hard to understand why a good God would allow bad things to happen. We need wisdom to know what we must do and the comfort to know that God is still in control, no matter what.

I’ve enjoyed jigsaw puzzles for as long as I can remember. Taking just a single piece, would you know what the completed puzzle looks like?

Unlikely—at least without first seeing the picture on the cover of the box, right? Taking a look at the bigger picture allows us to put everything together rather than to fumble around blindly.

This week’s topic looks at the bigger picture behind the struggles and evil in this world. (sometimes referred to as “The Great Controversy”.)  It won’t cover the entire subject of evil, but it will offer some insight that may prove helpful as you take a look at the bigger picture.

Faith Toh and Rachel Phoon, Singapore