Its been almost 35 years since I received a phone call from our family pastor informing me my mom was in the hospital and he was on his way to pick me up. Mom died seven days later. I was 18 at the time and a senior in high school. She left behind my Dad, my older sister, and my older brother. I remember asking the question, “why”?
Since that day, as a pastor, I have been asked that question many times. Sometimes, I still find myself asking it. The fact is,this world can be a pretty tough place and throughout our lives we may experience the loss of a spouse, parent, and/or child. We may suffer a lingering illness, get fired from a job, experience financial ruin, and have our share of broken relationships. The list could go on and on. Its during these times, we may begin to question God. We may ask questions like, why did this happen to me or could God have prevented this. We may wonder if God is really in control and if He is, why doesn’t He care about me. We may even question if we can trust Him.
The simple answer is, “Yes.” The truth is God’s Word reminds us that God in His love always wills what is best for us! God in his wisdom, always knows what is best! And, God in his sovereignty always brings it about! (Lamentations 3:37-38)
We can trust him, but, such trust may require change on our part. We may have to put aside our feelings or misconceptions about God. Don’t get me wrong, our feelings are wonderful, but, when they are at war with the truth, truth must prevail. As for our misconceptions, I am reminded that if God does something, it’s right and if God says something, it’s true. As difficult as it is on this side of heaven, we can’t always understand God’s will. Some things are just a mystery! But, what we can do is remember that the same God who created all things, sustains all things. We can remember this same God who is not just just creator and sustainer loved us enough to send His only Son to die that we might have eternal life with Him and gives us His Spirit to dwell in us as a comfort and guide during all of our days.
I recognize these are tough words to read, believe me, they are tough words to write. They kind of shake our faith. However,they are true and right. Sometimes, I still wonder why Mom had to die so young and I am sure you have your own questions.
So, when we find ourselves questioning God and His ways, we need to cling to the truth of His Word. He is faithful. He is true. He love us. He has and will always say and do what is best! That’s who He is: A God who can be trusted!