In these last few weeks, the terrible tragedies in our nation have surfaced heart-felt questions from many people:
Why would God allow this?
Where is God when these things happen?
There are no easy ways to answer these questions. Even Job in the Old Testament came to the conclusion that there are certain aspects about our circumstances we simply can’t comprehend. But there is one question we can answer:
What does the Bible tell us about God’s heart?
In the midst of our sadness and grief, there are many truths about God which we can hold onto in our lives. I want to mention two:
God brings comfort in our pain. The Bible says, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) His presence is with His people even in the midst of tragedy. His Spirit is our comforter and healer and is a very present help in time of need. God doesn’t promise us a life without tragedy, but He does promise to be with us through the hard places. David wrote,
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
God gives us hope in our despair. The Bible refers to God as the God of Hope. If He can bring hope from the tragedy of the cross and the brutal death of His Son Jesus, He can bring hope and redemption to our lives as well. We may not be able to see it now. It may take time to work through our grief, but He always brings hope. The ultimate hope He has given us is to be in heaven with Him one day.
Paul prayed, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) As you walk through grief or questions, my prayer is that His Spirit will bolster you with a hope and a peace that the world cannot comprehend.
I encourage you to search the scriptures yourself and find comfort, wisdom and strength in getting to know the God of the Bible.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)