God, this still doesn’t make Sense

A family in the United States is without power due to a tornado. Another family in Africa has no power, or savings, or easy way to get food. Another family in America is always living at friends’ houses, or in motels—at least when they’re not on the street. In Europe, fear grips people in the wake of a terrorist attack as they go about there daily lives. In the Middle East, a family looks over the remains of their village due to a long civil war. In impoverished regions of the world, thousands of children are expected to die due to lack of food and clean water.

If God’s existence were determined by His prevention of our world’s pain, then He’d be done with the next natural disaster or the pain of hunger. “God, this doesn’t make sense.” 

We’re not the first ones to let difficulty cause us to doubt whether or not God is who He says He is and we will not be the last. John The Baptist ended up wrongly imprisoned after spending his whole life for God and preparing the way for Jesus. While in prison he was basically stating how little sense all of this was making when dispatching his own disciples if whether Jesus was the one. “Are you the one and if so, come break me out of jail.”

Well, Jesus did not save him from prison or his execution, stating instead that He is the saviour and John was truly blessed. Ok, so what then? Whether or not God diverts your struggle does not determine whether or not He is God. And, proof of how God feels about you might not be happening right now but consider the following, “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

We tend to follow a dangerous line of thinking and rationalizing to describe every difficulty as something God intended to make us grow, but it’s equally risky to say that God never puts us through a trial to strengthen us. And yet, “God, how could you let this happen?” 

Perhaps when God doesn’t make sense, maybe it’s okay. It may not seem like it during the heat of the moment or the chilling wake after but He is God with Us.


God, this doesn’t make sense

When something terrible happens and we don’t see God intervene, we sometimes wonder whether He’s really there at all. In the wake of worldly turmoil, political scandals, a self centered materialistic culture, and terrorist attacks on innocent people I am sure there are many asking, “how is this part of the plan? This doesn’t make sense.”

We’re not alone. Scores of believers have run into these times and non-believers take these events as justification. Even King David experienced a time when God seemed inattentive, his own conflict is evident with varying takes on God’s place in his struggles.

Think about the last time you questioned God’s existence. When the smallest inclining of doubt rushed through like a tsunami against the tower of your faith.

In the coming days we will examine people who faced tragedy, pain, and disappointment. We will look to find God and the tools He equipped us with for these moments.

Removal: The Choice of Joy

Joy is a choice. It’s choosing to see the goodness of God in the midst of our circumstances. Choosing joy is seeing God’s plan beyond the temporary. Things may be falling apart now, but the momentary struggles of life are achieving building inner strength, close connections, grace, peace, and trust in God. But during all of this the pain will be real and depending on the circumstances, overpowering.

Looking back, we will see God using those trials as a process for change. Let us choose joy and looking back, we know that our faith has been made stronger because of it. During those hard times take solace in: Our God is greater, Our God is stronger, God, You are higher than any other!

We must choose joy.

Looking back at the hard times, how has God used them for good in your life now?

How can you intentionally choose joy today?