[John Series No.3] God Who Made Light and Darkness

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All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)

All Things Are From God

The Bible says that God created the heaven and the earth. Yes, it is true that God created the heaven and earth, but there are rarely people who believe that all the great and small things that happen to them are through God. The Bible says that God created the light, the darkness, agony, joy, and sadness. The Bible records that all of these things were made through God. And without him was not any thing made that was made. There is nothing that is done that is not through God. Before, I would often become upset and angry at other people, and think, “This problem happened because that brother did not do good things. Things are difficult because of that sister.” But even if that brother was trying to hurt me, God could have changed it to not be so. On the other hand, even if a brother was trying to help me, I could not be helped unless God helps me. After coming to know this, the way I saw things and people completely changed. Joseph must have felt wronged when he was sold by his brothers to become a servant in the house of Potiphar in Egypt. Joseph then began to receive a certain amount of recognition there and his life began to find security. However, he ended up going to prison through the scheming of Potiphar’s wife. Joseph may have thought, “God, I feel so wronged!” But later on, after becoming the governor of Egypt, Joseph came to know, “Ah, the reason for God sending me to prison was a part of the process for gaining all this.” Joseph and Apostle Paul were both in prison. Perhaps Joseph complained, but Apostle Paul did not. When Paul and Silas were beaten and locked in prison, they awoke during the night and were neither sad nor afraid, but praised God and prayed. It was because they believed with assurance that all things are done through God. Because Paul knew precisely that such things could not happen without God, Paul praised God and thanked God. Then an earthquake opened the prison gates and the prison became a place where they preached the gospel. We could clearly see how God was accomplishing His will.

Did Jesus Also Not Know?

As I read, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made, in the Bible, I came to know that things do not happen through or because of a certain person or people, but through God. Last year, one student, a member of the Good News Corp volunteer program of the IYF (International Youth Fellowship), hurt her back while serving in Africa. She fell from the second floor of a building and broke a vertebra. The broken vertebra pressed down on her nerves and paralysis began to take over her body. Ultimately, she was paralyzed from bellybutton down. One day after this accident, she could not urinate nor defecate. It broke my heart when I heard that this happened to her, a college student in the prime of her youth. These thoughts went through my mind when I heard about this. “She suffered this accident. I wonder how she feels in her heart.” “She went for volunteer service. If she is unable to use the lower half of her body for the rest of her life and has to live bedridden, how will her parents feel?” “If such accidents continue to happen as students serve in Africa, how will I be able to send college students as volunteers to Africa?” I felt extremely heavy in my heart. While praying that day, I thought of the words in Romans chapter 8. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us. (Romans 3:27) What it says before this verse is, “For the Lord we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” It means that they face hardships. We are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:36-37) “Yes, then even for this problem, we are more than conquerors through the Lord! It will not be a problem! It will go well if God helps!” My heart became truly free from this problem. “God allowed this.” Afterwards, I heard in detail about how this student was hurt. She was working on the building walls on the second floor when the scaffolding she was standing on crumbled, causing her to be hurt. “Who knew that the scaffolding would collapse? Did Hyejin, the student who was hurt, know? Did her friends she was working with know? Did the director of the construction know?” When I thought about it, there was no one who knew that this would happen. Such accidents do not happen in advanced countries. In Africa, such dangers are everywhere during construction because they do not have enough materials. I felt that no one knew that the scaffolding would collapse. From then on I thought in my heart, “Then did Jesus not know as well?” I was very thankful in my heart, thinking, “Jesus must have known.” If I knew that the scaffolding would collapse and did not prepare for it and remained idle, I would be a terrible person. If Jesus knew this was going to happen and did not protect her and left her alone, Jesus is also a terrible person. “Jesus is not a terrible person. Jesus loves us. Why did He allow this to happen? Surely it was to change this into grace.” After knowing the Lord’s will, in my heart, I had the faith, “Hyejin will be healed!” From then on, I felt