The Bible is not ignorant of the world’s suffering. When you study the Jewish Scriptures, especially the Old Testament, you’ll see that the authors grappled with this question: why do good people suffer? Job, one of the first books of the Bible, is devoted entirely to the subject. Moreover, the majority of the minor prophets and the Psalms are lamentations: Oh Lord, how long will you forget the poor?, How long will you forget the downcast, oh Lord?, How long must we sing this song? In fact, Jesus Christ’s words on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” are a Psalms quote. The Bible, after all, is not oblivious to the fact that people suffer, and it provides us with stories and language to capture our human experience. However, it also assures us that, despite our suffering, we will triumph! Indeed, the beauty of life in Christ is that we have all we need to triumph, and we will!
Friend, if you are having a difficult time this holiday season, realize that God loves you regardless of how you are feeling. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, or your child or grandchild is unwell. Perhaps you’ve had to let go of a job or a significant relationship. Whatever it is, if you’re asking yourself, “Why did this happen to me?” I encourage you to let go of your desire to know the answer. We’ve all wondered why at some point in our lives, but it’s important to remember that understanding won’t make the hurt go away. Instead of asking, “Will I get through this?” inquire, “Will I have victory?” When you ask it that way, you get a quick response, and the answer is always a loud YES! Because you are in Jesus, you are assured of victory, and no matter what you face, you will conquer! Even if you want to know why difficulties happen, it’s always best to concentrate on the people you’re going through them with. Not having all the answers, but trusting in a very great God who does, is a key part of building real faith! You can be assured that because He is good, no matter how horrible things appear, His light has pierced the darkness, and triumph is yours in Him! Isn’t that fantastic news?