Know It All

 He was the Thomas Edison of our time.  He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.  He was Steve Jobs.
I read an article in USA Today last month shortly after his death.  Oddly enough, his biography was published and going on sale within days of Mr. Jobs’ last breath.  The article described some interesting things about him which would be found in the book.
From USA Today:
“At age 13, Jobs asked the Lutheran pastor of his parents’ church if God knew about starving children. “Yes, God knows everything,” the pastor replied. Jobs never returned to church, refusing to worship a God who allowed such suffering.”
I’ve been thinking about the question asked by thirteen year old Jobs.  “Does God know about starving children?”  I admit it is a difficult question for me to answer.  I don’t know that I would have answered any better than the pastor.
CS Lewis wrote a book titled The Problem with Pain, in which he “asserts that pain is a problem because our finite, human minds selfishly believe that pain-free lives would prove that God loves us. In truth, by asking for this, we want God to love us less, not more than he does. “Love, in its own nature, demands the perfecting of the beloved; that the mere ‘kindness’ which tolerates anything except suffering in its object is, in that respect at the opposite pole from Love.”” (From
It comes back to faith, doesn’t it?  I am sorry that Steve Jobs didn’t find the answer he was looking for in this question.  I can only speak for myself by saying that I believe God knows about starving children and that He loves them as much as he loves me, maybe more. ~Andy
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”    John 11:25-26.

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  1. Thank you for this post, Andy. We all need to realize that it is just as God said, that His ways are higher than our ways. He sees “the big picture”; we see only that which our personal filters allow, and our finite minds to accept given our personal paradigms. I, along with others, grieve at the limited view people like Steve Jobs have had, and the dire consequences that ensue.

    From another POV, though, evidence like this should spur we Christians on to love and good deeds, as it says in Hebrews, and in practical ways that people understand as it says in James. This is the way the world knows God loves them, and that for a certainty.

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