The question that everyone ponders, however silently, at one point or another. It is especially prevalent right now, in a time where tragedy and heartbreak seem to be at an all-time high. Every time I turn on the News I think “God, WHY?”
The simple answer is, we don’t know “why”. However, the crucial misunderstanding here is that we are tying God to a promise He never made. God never told us that bad things would not happen. In fact, He told us the opposite.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
You see, as believers, our security lies not in a hope of avoiding bad things, but rather a hope founded on faith in a Savior who has overcome every darkness already.
God does not want to hurt us, He wants to save us from the hurt.
He did not send His only son to die on a cross for us only to turn around and break us.
He is not the enemy, He is the safety
We live in a broken, broken world. Every time we turn around there is something else unbelievably painful we have to watch, experience, or both. Thankfully, we have a God who is bigger than anything we face and can be a shelter even in the worst storms.
I do not know why things happen the way they do. I do know that we are very quick to blame God for bad things and very slow to thank Him for all He protects us from on a daily basis.
We may never know why certain things have shaken us the way they have, but we can cling to the One who will see this, see us, through.