It happens to all of us. Some of us are on the glide path that we choose and things are going well then all of a sudden life comes to a screeching halt.
We deal with a tough situation – the death of a loved one, the doctor telling us that we have a serious illness or dealing with an erroneous accusation about us.
Others of us have been dealt a bad hand from the beginning. We grew up in poverty, we were abused by our parents or we were taken advantage of at a young age.
Most of the time it seems that life is not fair. What do we do during these times? Is it OK to question God?
The Bible has numerous places where those who were close to God questioned his motives. They asked, “God, why would you do this to me?” or “Why would you do this to someone I love?” or even, “Where is your justice?”
There is a word used to describe this state. It is called lament. Lament is more than feeling sad about something; it encompasses pain, hurt, confusion, anger, betrayal, despair and injustice. It is the expression of wanting life to be as it should be.
The Bible states in Genesis that we were created to experience life in perfect harmony with all creation and with God. However, because of sin entering into the world, all creation is now affected by the consequences of that sin. All relationships have been broken to some extent and even our own inner being has been marred. We groan out for life to be restored back to the way it should be.
Psalm 13 reads: “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?”
This psalmist of this passage is questioning God, wondering how long he must suffer. But he ends the psalm stating, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
The psalmist moves from the actions, or even lack of actions, he perceives God is taking and moves to his character.
The truth is that we cannot understand the ways of God. We have no idea what the future holds and why we are dealing with the hardships we are dealing with now. However, we can trust in his character. He is good. He does love us. He is just.
As taught in the Bible, the good news is that if we trust in Jesus as our savior we will have everlasting life with him, a life without suffering, a life of perfect relationships and a world that will be restored to its original glory and peace. There may be suffering now, but we look forward to a great future. Thanks be to God.