Journeys in Faith
In light of Steven Mandeville’s heaven going, many of us have wrestled with this tough question.
It is fresh in our minds, raw to the touch because of our grief, near to our hurting hearts. Be it cancer, Alzheimer’s, divorce, rape or SIDS -- horrific trials might make us wonder where God is or even if he cares. Why does he allow this?
First of all, no human can completely answer this question. We don’t have God’s knowledge or supremacy. Honestly, he isn’t required to respond. He is God. We are not!
Still, we try to put our minds around it. We ask God, “Why” and sometimes he gives us a sliver of a answer. Sometimes he doesn’t. Certainly for those who were at Steven’s memorial, we thankfully saw an eternal purpose and even positiveness from his journey.
This question is one of the most difficult in all of life to answer, especially when a person has been kind to others, is so young, or did absolutely nothing to self-inflict a tragedy.
I understand why someone gets mad at God as I witnessed my good mother completely crippled for 23 years. I also know parking oneself in anger is a waste of life.
This difficult question is sometimes answered with more questions like, “What did you expect, a life free from adversity?” Or, “Would you rather this happen to someone else (like a pedophile, foreigner or non-Christian?)
A good friend struggling through an adversity was asked, “Why you?” To which he replied, “Why not me?”
So, here is what I would like to do before we continue this topic next month. Would you read the book of Psalms with me? I am going to read one psalm a day for the rest of the summer. I think King David might teach us something.
Also, go to www.gotquestions.org and ask this question in their subject line. I was surprised at how many answers popped up. Then, next month we will discuss this further...