Have the trials of life caused you to doubt God? Are you wondering why He hasn’t shown up in answer to your fervent prayers?
“Doubt rises up to obscure His presence and disillusionment settles into despair,” writes Dr. James Dobson in When God Doesn’t Make Sense. “The greatest frustration is knowing that (God) created the entire universe by simply speaking it into existence, and He has all the power and all understanding. He could rescue. He could heal. He could save. But why won’t He do it?”
Feeling abandoned by God is especially terrible to experience after you earlier felt a closeness with Him.
“Satan then drops by for a little visit and whispers ‘He is not there! You are alone!’” Dr. Dobson adds.
I can’t begin to explain why your loved one passed away or why your child has cancer or why you or your loved one have received such a dismal diagnosis. I agree with you that it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t seem right, and it certainly doesn’t feel like God cares.
“Is He really?” my husband muttered to himself that day.
The possibility of burying another wife had shaken his faith to its core and Ralph actually wondered how he ever was going to preach again.
But as he prayed and studied that week for his next sermon, he came to the conclusion that despite life’s really tough situations, we all are deeply loved by our Heavenly Father. And the way we can know that for certain, my husband concluded, is because God proved it once and for all two-thousand years ago when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your sins and for mine.
My husband finished what was one of his most stirring sermons ever, by declaring that even if God never answered another single prayer on our behalf, He already has done enough. When God raised Jesus to life, He defeated our greatest enemy: Death…and that is enough.
So go ahead and ask God all your questions. But remember, God is not required to defend His actions (or seeming inactions) to you and you may never know in this lifetime the reasons for the suffering which has touched your life.
He asks only one thing of you—to trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense.
My husband and the bumper sticker were right–Jesus is enough.
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