Life's biggest question
September 20, 2010
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
The question "Why, God?" isn't just one of life's big questions… it is the question.
During life's most painful moments, many of us have asked God questions such as, "Why is this happening?" or "Why did my loved one die?" These are natural questions and it's not wrong to ask them. In fact, in Scripture we find Mary and Martha asking this very question of Jesus when their brother Lazarus died.
Jesus loved Lazarus and his two sisters and often spent time in their home. But Jesus wasn't present when Lazarus grew ill. Lazarus was dead four days before Jesus showed up. So Martha confronted Jesus saying to him, "Why weren't you here? Why didn't you do something?"
You see, a close personal relationship with Jesus didn't prevent sickness and sorrow and suffering from attacking their family. And the same is true for us. Knowing Jesus does not give us immunity to hardship.
Perhaps you've said or thought something similar in a time of crisis. "Lord, where were you when my parents divorced?" "Where were you when I was diagnosed?" "Jesus, where were you when I lost my job, savings, and house?"
We're each subject to the raw realities of a fallen world. But here is our hope: We don't go through tribulation alone! Take heart! Jesus has given us his peace. He has overcome the world!
KNOWING JESUS DOES NOT GIVE US IMMUNITY TO HARDSHIP.
MY GIFT TO YOU!
I sincerely hope you will request my 10-message series called Straight Up, where I tackle 10 tough questions we all face. Like "When Does Life Begin?" and "Can Love Last a Lifetime?", "Can You Trust the Bible?", and "Are All Religions the Same?"
After listening, you'll be more equipped to live a confident life, knowing the truth and trusting the promises of Christ!