For God is greater than man. Why should you fight against him just because he does not give account to you of what he does. Job 33: 12,13 (LB)
If God is good, why does he allow innocent people to suffer? We’ve all asked that question or we’ve heard others ask it. And someday, your children will ask you. You need to know what you will say. You need to take time – think it through.
I’ve heard a bazillion sermons on it. Read all the books. And I can tell you the standard answers. I can tell you what the “experts” all say. But none of the answers felt right, at least not for me. So I took time and thought it through for myself.
See, I grew up with a handicap. I’ve known my share of pain, both physical and emotional. Actually, the emotional pain is the worse. You can take a pill and make the physical pain go away but there is no tablet, no capsule that will erase the emotional pain. You just live with it.
And in your pain, it’s hard not to question God. Why are you allowing me to suffer like this? What can I do to take away this pain? What are you trying to show me? Just tell me what you want and I will do it. But he is silent and we are left with lots of questions and few answers.
So why does a good God allow innocent people to suffer? I finally came up with an answer that works for me. The answer is – I just don’t know. That’s it. I’m clueless. And believe it or not, that’s what I’ve told my kids. “I don’t know.” But it’s okay, I tell them. I don’t need to know everything. As long as he has his reasons, I can live with it.
It is then that faith comes into play. It is then that the Jobs of this world rise up and say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” I don’t need to understand, I just need to keep trusting him. And I do. I trust him with my life!
Once you can make that statement and mean it from your heart, you realize you no longer need an explanation. You can stop asking, “Why, God?” and start asking, “What, God?” What can I do to serve you better? What can I do to take my unique circumstance and use it to further your kingdom? How can I use what I have been through to help someone else?
Then, you will hear God speak.
Do not question God’s dealings in your life. Trust Him. He knows what He is doing.
Do not allow your faith to be shaken when God seemingly is silent.
Ask God how you can use your unique circumstance to help others.