God speaks! Do you know that? Hi you guys! I’m so excited about today’s blogpost because I was thinking about what to write to encourage you all with today and God encouraged me in a way I KNEW was only right to share.
I’ve been thinking about the issue of death and loss for a few weeks now. If you read my last blog post (go check it out if you haven’t already), you’ll see the short post I wrote expressing my desire to live and how I didn’t understand why some people have life taken from them so abruptly. I was sitting on the bus today on my way to church and this kid and his guardian came on the bus. They were having funny conversations as you’d expect between a kid and an adult. Their conversation got real interesting though when the kid was talking about a bump on his arm that he had gotten from a mosquito bite. He asked his guardian, “Does God not love us? Why would He let this bug bite happen to me if He did? I don’t like it and it looks bad. Does God not love us?”…
I was shook!
I could see that the guardian struggled to answer this question. Even I was waiting for an answer. The man deflected and told the kid that it was a perfect question for Sunday school. I didn’t blame him for deflecting. I mean who wouldn’t? A question that has defeated both young and old alike. A wonderful question.
Can God be trusted?
Guess what the topic of today’s sermon at church was. Yup! You guessed it! “Can God be trusted?” Can we pause for a minute and appreciate the fact that God cares so much about me that He will answer my questions, howbeit foolish they may seem? He would satisfy my answer about an issue that has been a source of sleepless nights for me. God is kind.
Anyway, at church we looked at the story of Job and asked the questions about why there is pain and suffering in the world. My pastor talked about real members of our church who had gone through devastating losses and painful life events. At some point in all our lives, we’ve pondered similar questions in our hearts, maybe even vocalized it.
Not too long into the sermon, pastor said “Scripture does not provide a simplistic answer to our suffering” and “Karma is an attractive and convenient belief because it provides a simple answer, BUT the bible rejects all simplistic explanations of suffering. Towards the end of the sermon, I suddenly realized, after still waiting for the answer, that the answer had already been given.
There is no simple explanation for our suffering.
That is it! That is just it! Its not that simple and it cannot be rationalized in the way that we’d like. I choose to trust God through that. Pastor ended with the most romantic message from God.
We are not alone and we are seen by God.
Wow! What an assurance!
There is no witty conclusion to this post other than, if you had questions like mine, there’s your answer. Are you willing to trust in God through things you don’t understand and might never understand on this side of eternity? I ask you as I ask myself. But all in all, I trust God, because He is such a good good father!
Have a beautiful week family!