Answering Life's Tough Questions


We don’t have to understand why bad things happen to good people. We just have to know that God will be sufficient for them in their distress, just as He has always been sufficient for us in ours.

Have you ever wondered if you know enough to answer the questions people ask you as a Christian? Through speaking and writing, I share my life story of how God has seen me through many heartaches, including a job loss and the death of our youngest child, our only daughter, at birth. But then I meet people who live in constant pain, who have lost all they owned in a flood, who have far fewer resources than I. I don’t have a pat answer to their questions about why God allows such heartache. And I must admit, I sometimes wonder: Will God really meet such overwhelming needs?

But God is God, and that is the wonder of it all. I don’t have to understand why things happen. I don’t have to have an answer for every question life poses. I don’t have to know what God is doing behind the scenes. It is sufficient that I know God. And I know he is working. And I know he will be sufficient for them in their distress just as he has always proved to be sufficient for me.

That thought brings me peace. I need not question whether I should not be speaking or writing just because I haven’t overcome every experience life might throw at me. It is sufficient that I know a God who is bigger than life itself. And I know that he is able to help people deal with every situation of life. In fact, I’m counting on it.

He gives power to those who are tired or worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Isaiah 40:29

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