Do you ever sit around wondering, “Why me?” Why is this happening? How come my child is suffering? Why does my friend have cancer? There are so many times we don’t understand what is happening or why it is happening. The only one who knows is God. So where is the comfort in that?
There are several times a day that I find myself wondering why something happened. Sickness, sadness, destruction, hate, disaster, and death are all things that make me stop and wonder why. When these things happen to other people we question why there is so much of this in our world. When sad things happen in our own lives we start to feel overwhelmed with question and doubt.
It is so easy to feel trapped in your own world of sin and sadness when bad things happen to you or your family. Nothing makes sense. Every little negative thing that happens starts to feel like God is punishing you. Perhaps you are strong at first and can push the doubts away. Eventually, the doubts creep back and if you let them, they will overpower you.
Why shouldn’t we feel doubt and despair if bad things are happening in our lives? God tells us exactly why we don’t need to despair. He is in control and he will work all things for his good. “Not only so, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
God has done great things for us and will continue to do great things. He never breaks a promise and is always faithful. “He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9) There is no reason to doubt God. He will hold you in his hand and see you through.
Dear God, Help me to trust in you and your Word completely. Help me to use your promises to reassure me in any time of doubt and uncertainty. You are faithful and always with me. Amen.