On Sunday night, a nine year old boy died of cancer.
Where was God?
Last night, a good man died of cancer.
What was God up to?
This week, 25 miners were killed in an accident in West Virginia.
Was God aware of this?
8 people died this week in Pakistan when the U.S. Consulate was bombed.
Why didn’t God stop it?
And, on a much smaller scale, my head still hurts.
Does God really care?
My faith has taken a beating this week. However, I don’t choose to believe because of how I feel but because of what God’s Word says (why I trust Scripture is a topic for another post).
God knows what is going on. Nothing that has happened surprised Him or happened outside of His plans – even though we don’t understand it.
Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It’s OK to mourn. And to allow the God of the universe to comfort us in our pain. And to know that Jesus is the One to whom we can run when we get overwhelmed with all this pain and grief.
John 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.
Mostly, when we grieve about friends and loved ones who are gone, we must remember that God has prepared a much better place for believers. A place without cancer, headaches, sickness, or death. A place filled with God’s amazing love.
Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.