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When Answers Don’t Come Easy

I am amazed at how difficult this life can be. Tragedies on a world-wide scale have become all too common. Personal struggles seem to push us to the brink at times.  Evil seems all too prevalent. And as a result, we tend to ask questions like, “where is God,” and “why would a loving God allow such tragic things to happen?” To be honest, nobody has those answers. We all struggle at times to understand the tragedies this life brings.  

Whether it’s a worldwide disaster, or a difficulty I face on my own level, here is what I do: Instead of looking for answers to things I don’t know, or may never know on this earth, I focus on what I do know. I do know that:

  • Our God is a loving God (John 3:16). No matter what happens in this world, to mankind, to you, we still serve a loving God. How can I say that, you ask?  Because of what He has done for me, and you. He sacrificed greatly through Jesus that we might have eternal life with Him, in spite of our evil actions as mankind or what tragedy this world brings. He knew the evil intent of the human heart, but because of His great love, He still made it possible for us to have life in Him. He didn’t have to, but He did. And in perspective, the life we live here, in this fallen world, is only temporary. 
  • In our world we will face difficulties.  Jesus told us this 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.”

    Facing difficult things in this world is a part of life. If God were to remove all struggles, hardships and trials, then we would have no reason for faith. And it is only by our faith that we can relate to God. It is not that God causes earthquakes, floods, or personal struggles, but in His sovereign will for mankind He will use these things to bring good. He brings all things together for good, says Romans 8:28. Yes, even tragedy.
  •  We must keep our eyes on the finish line (Hebrews 12:1-2). When a runner competes in a race on the track, he or she must exercise complete focus on the goal. Any distraction can cause a lane violation, a dropping of the baton, or a stumble that can lead to defeat. This is true for God’s people today. In life and in faith, we must remember to keep our focus on Jesus Christ. No matter what trial we face, if we lose our focus we are in danger of living a defeated life of doubt, fear, and hopelessness.

So, what do we do in the wake of tragedy? We keep our eyes on the only One who can bring good out of it. And as God’s children, as He leads us, we give. We serve. We allow God to use us as His vessels to bring about that good He promises.  

And somehow through our giving and serving we find the answers we were searching for all along. Go ahead, give!

 “Give, give, give, until there’s nothing left

Give my life, until it all runs out

Give, give and I’ll have no regrets

I’ll give until there’s nothing left to give.”  -Reliant K

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Bruce has served in full-time ministry for over 25 years and has served as chaplain at the YMCA at Pabst Farms since August, 2006. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he served as Associate Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at Alpha Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee as well as Minister of Activities and Recreation. .. Read More »

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