What are we to do when God doesn’t behave the way we thought He should, the way we were taught He would? –At the Feet of Jesus, Joanna Weaver
2 Samuel 14:14 All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.
We like resolution. We are told that God is good. That He will protect us. That He will bless us. But what about those times He allows suffering–we get sick, we get hurt by others–physically or emotionally, we lose our jobs and our finances become tight. What if He doesn’t rescue us right away, or at all? Haven’t we been told that God will bring good out of bad? Doesn’t Romans 8:28 mean what it says?
The Bible also tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. He has an eternal plan, and it doesn’t always include our comfort, our safety, or even our healing. The good thing is that God doesn’t sweep life away. When we sin, we have a Savior who is mediating between us and God. God doesn’t want us to see Him as the enemy, but as a friend who is holding our hand through it all even while He is allowing the pain.
Your ways baffle us sometimes. We’ve been told one thing, but You react differently–a way which seems to contradict Your goodness. We know, though, that You are good, and You are present with us. You may not arrive at the start of trouble, but You always arrive right on time to hold our hands and bring us through it. Amen.