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Question and Grow in the Face of Troubles

Three hurricanes.
An earthquake.
A collapsed elementary school where 20 children were lost.
Hundreds killed, thousands left homeless.

Why God?

It seems the past several weeks have been filled with nothing but tragedy after tragedy. And, the one question I keep hearing asked and keep seeing posted in social media is, “If God exists then how could He allow these things to happen?”

To the unbeliever, I think this is the most difficult question to answer. I often respond with that we cannot try to understand and explain the infinite with a mind that is finite. We cannot attempt to understand the ways of God because His ways are not like our ways.

But for the believer, as Jesus and James remind us in their letters, to choose a life of belief is not to choose a life free of pain. The Psalmist says, “The righteous person faces many troubles…” But, it also says, “but the Lord comes to the rescue each time” (Psalms 34:19).

Times that bring great pain and seem to defy explanation test our faith. When our faith is tested, when it is stretched to the point of breaking, it actually expands. In the times of greatest struggle, we experience the gift of healing and growth. I don’t think God is offended when we question. I think He’s a big God with big enough shoulders to bear our questions and, at times, even our anger. He knows it’s in the face of trials our faith grows.

Bart Millard of the band Mercy Me recently wrote a beautiful and poignant song about his struggle after leaving the doctor with his wife regarding their 15-year-old son, who had been fighting juvenile diabetes since he was two years old. He had lifted up prayer after prayer for healing. Year after year he had to watch his child suffer. Night after night he stood on stage singing about God’s love and mercy. You think he never asked God, “why?” You think his faith wasn’t tested? Yet, through this pain, and actually because of this pain he penned:

I know you’re able and I know you can
Save through the fire with your mighty hand.
But even if you don’t, my hope is you alone.
I know the sorrow and I know the hurt,
Would all go away if you’d just say the word,
But even if you don’t, my hope is you alone.

We can, do, and will question. It is in our human nature to wonder, “Why, God?” But, in times of greatest struggle and questioning, we are still being held in the arms of our loving Father. Above all else, we are loved, bought with a great price, and will be delivered out of our afflictions. Many times, that “delivery” doesn’t come about as we think it should. But we hold fast to the promises and faithfulness of a God that always, ALWAYS has our best interests at heart.

Listen to these songs that we’ll be singing this Sunday, October 1, to encourage you as you face the daily trials and put the Gospel to work every day.

 

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I am a former professional entertainer who loves Southern Hills CC and is honored to serve in music ministry. I'm a proud native-Texan, a habitual gum-chewer and proud husband to the world's greatest wife and father to the world's coolest toddler. Oh...and I don't do khaki!

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