I’m about 100% sure everyone has asked this question at least once in their lifetime. You may be asking this question right now and that’s why you clicked to read this post. With everything that is going on in our world today, how can you not struggle with finding an answer to this question. The church shootings in Charleston, the bombings in Paris, the terrorists acts of Isis, and the one that really hit home with me that inspired this post, the home invasion in Indianapolis that resulted in the murder of Amanda Blackburn and her unborn child.
The confusion doesn’t stop here. The void of answers almost always results in the follow up question “How can a loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God allow things like this to happen?”
Then the confusion turns into anger and questions like these start to come out of our mouths “How can He just sit up there and do nothing?” “Doesn’t He see what’s going on?” “Does He even care?”
Now before I go any further, there is nothing wrong with asking these questions and seeking answers for them. Just read the book of Psalms. David, who was called a man after God’s heart, struggled with questions like these throughout his life. In fact I have even struggled with this. I’m seeking answers to these questions even now. That’s why I’m writing this post.
Now I’m not going to attempt to answer these questions cause I don’t believe that there is a definitive answer, but what I will attempt to do is to give the person out there, who may be wrestling with these questions, a glimmer of hope.
Jesus said in John 16:33 ” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We are never promised that we will not go through storms in our life, but we are promised that we won’t go through them alone. We aren’t promised that we won’t come across a few obstacles along the journey, but we are promised that we are going to make it to the end. We aren’t told how we are going to get there, when we are going to get there, or what we are going to face along the way but we are promised that we will make it to the other side.
The other thing to take from this verse is that Jesus made this statement before He was arrested. He said this before He was beaten. He told the disciples this before He went to the cross. He stated this before He rose from the dead. In other words, before all that bad stuff happened Jesus proclaimed the good. Before He was beaten He said that He had already beat it. Before He was overcome by the cross He stated that He had already overcame the grave. Before He fell in defeat He already saw Himself standing in victory.
Romans 8:28 states “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Look at the first part of that verse. It says “all things work together for good.” It doesn’t say that good things are going to happen all the time. It says all the things (the good, the bad, and the ugly) that happen in our life God works them all together so that the end result, even though we can’t see it at the time, will be for God’s glory, our good, and the world’s joy. God takes the mess and turns it into a miracle. He takes the pain and turns it into purpose. He takes the brokenness and turns it into blessing. He takes the hurt and turns it into healing. He took a blood stained cross and turned it into an empty tomb.
We may never have answers to these questions but as long as the tomb is still empty, we can have hope. And where there is still hope in Jesus, nothing is impossible.
I’ll leave you with these words from the song “Every Line” by NewSpring Worship.
I close my eyes cause faith is seeing for me
I’m out of breath but you are breathing for me
I lift my hands to Jesus be the glory
My fight is gone but you are fighting for me
The battle won I’m standing on Your victory
I lift my hands to Jesus be the glory
To Jesus be the glory