Where Is God When Bad Things Happen?


Have you suffered a terrible loss? Tomorrow is coming and you have to face it, but you don't have to face it alone.

You may be suffering under burdens, be physically disabled, or financially wiped out. You may have lost a loved one, or be facing imminent death. Life may be difficult—but you're alive. Live to the maximum possible for you. Be all that you can be, within your limitations.

Life goes on, whether you've suffered a terrible loss or endured a horrific surgery or lost a child. Tomorrow is coming and you have to face it, but you don't have to face it alone.

"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them" (Psalm 145:18-19). You can call on the Lord in truth by admitting your need and your sin, and by placing your trust in Him. He will be faithful to answer your cry and save you.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29). Jesus promises to give you all the rest you need. There is no reason to continue bearing burdens too heavy for you. He has promised to lighten your load if you will come to Him.

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die" (John 11:25, 26). Jesus conquered death when He arose from the grave after His crucifixion, and now He invites you to join Him in that victory by placing your faith in Him. That's all He asks.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians. 2:9). Some of God's promises are so spectacular, so astonishing, so thrilling, that images and words fall impossibly short of conveying their full import. Paul said, "I consider that our recent sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).

"God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Heb. 13:5-6). If you have been reconciled to God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, then no one and no thing can ever separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

How to live in this knowledge:

1. Start each day with God's perspective. Take the long view, placing trust and confidence in God, even when your world appears to be falling apart.

2. Look to a better day. According to the Bible, a better day is coming in which storm clouds disappear forever and day never turns to night. Present tragedies may make it seem as if life is over, but it isn't. Tragedy makes life hard; it does not make it hopeless.

3. Don't live in the past. When you live in the past, you sacrifice hope. Thousands of hurting people have chosen to be happy. Choose to make the best of everything. Choose to redeem your present circumstances.

4. Get rid of bitterness. Don't allow unforgiveness and bitterness to steal your joy of living. Bitterness is an emotional and spiritual poison that eventually kills its victims. There may be people who have hurt you, but why will you allow them to go on hurting you? Confess your unforgiving and bitter heart to the Lord and let Him soften it, restore you and return your life to you.

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