Why doesn’t God do something? It’s the question asked when there is pain and suffering around
the world or right in our neighborhood.
Some answer the question by simply declaring “God knows what he is doing,” as if God is
causing bad (or seemingly bad) things to happen. Those people may be attempting to declare the
sovereignty of God, but at the same time, they are getting the character of God wrong.
Scripture reveals a God who merciful and compassionate. Isaiah says it well: “In all their
distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy
he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63)
In the New Testament, we see the nature God revealed most clearly in Jesus Christ, the One who
came to be with us and for us. Jesus came to redeem the pain and suffering of this world.
At the end of the day, we basically have two ways we can think about God:
He is either causing the suffering in this world and asking us to trust him, or
He is grieved by the suffering of this world and sent his Son to redeem it.
So here’s the question: When tragedy strikes,
Is God against us- the one who pulled the lever? or
Is God for us? Weeping alongside us and whispering the promise that tragedy, though real, will
give way to life.
Trusting in the One who is for us,