“How can a loving God let this happen?”
“Why isn’t God answering my prayers?”
Even mature Christians, those with strong faith, ask these questions from time to time.
We may believe with all our hearts that God has a loving plan for each of His children, but when deceit, destruction, and death come into our lives, it is hard to see how they fit.
Can we accept that painful experiences are merely the dark threads in a beautiful tapestry woven for our benefit?
Perhaps we can try to make sense of the seeming contradiction by comparing ourselves to infants who are incapable of understanding why loving parents would make them take evil-tasting medicine or endure painful medical treatments. Of course, their fathers and mothers are acting out of love, even though the children don’t understand why the unpleasant experience is necessary.
As they mature, children begin to understand that sometimes the bitter medicine is for the best.
In the same way, as we mature in our Christian walk, we begin to trust that even though we may not understand, whatever our heavenly Father allows is for our eternal benefit, inspired by his unfailing love for us.
We may not understand the chaos we are experiencing until we see our Savior face to face and hear His words of love and life.
It isn’t necessary for a suffering child to understand the science behind their treatments, or how the healing process works. However, to get the best results from the process, it is necessary to stop resisting and trust.
Trust in the Lord with all your heartProverbs 3:5-6
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight