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.