It is days like today when I have trouble running to the arms of Christ.
Waking up this morning and reading of the sudden death of a friend of mine was not a great way to start my day. I KNOW THAT GOD IS GOOD, but how can this happen? I have come to believe that God does not make bad things happen, but that He works for our good in all things. God is not responsible for the freak things of this world, but on days like today, I have trouble relentlessly running to God. Satan uses times like this to his advantage. I am having to run from the thought that, “Something bad happened today, so God owes me today.” We cannot close ourselves off from God when life turns terrible. If nothing else, we need God because He will sustain us. The world has nothing to offer in trying times. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:19: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” The world says, “Why follow a God who cannot protect you from the hardships of this world?” God promises that He will not leave. God promises comfort and relief in times of grief. We are called to love God and His people through the good times and the bad times. People who keep their joy even in times of trouble amaze the people around them.
My experience with God is that what He says is true. In good times, I see the work of God all around me. In times like this, it can be so easy not to look. When everything goes wrong, we want answers. We tell ourselves that the more we know, the better off we will be. God does not offer many answers, but He does offer refuge. My life experience shows me that God is good. In times of trouble, God does not change. God is unchanging; God is faithful. Though finding the courage to seek God’s presence during the middle of a storm can be tough, finding it takes a load off our shoulders. God is there, and He will be there. HE IS AT THE DOOR; WE MUST LET HIM IN.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8, NIV