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Thing to Hold Onto When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

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Hi friends. I know there are a lot of wounded hearts out there today. Mine is too. Images in the news stories have ripped our hearts. The images in our minds are even worse. Evil has reared its ugly head . . . again. It doesn’t make sense to us.

Here are some things you can do in the aftermath of evil’s rampage.

Pray

There is always a safe place to go during times of evil. Into God’s presence. I have always found comfort in his presence through prayer. Through prayer you can:

  • Throw yourself at his feet.
  • Express your feelings to him honestly. (Habakkuk 1:2-3)
  • Tell him you don’t understand. Ask him for answers.
  • Press in and keep the dialogue going. God wants you close to him.
  • Don’t just vent. Be willing to listen for God’s response.

Because he cares so much for you, you can expect God to:

  • Reveal himself to you
  • Comfort you
  • Give you his perspective
  • Grow your faith
  • Blanket you with his love
  • Provide some answers

“I have heard them crying out . . . and I am concerned for their suffering.” Exodus 3:7

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

Acknowledge God’s sovereignty

Believe that God is still in control –  no matter what happens. (Isaiah 46:9-10Isaiah 40:25-262 Chronicles 20:6) I know it’s sometimes difficult to believe this, but it’s a fact.

In his sovereignty, your God voluntarily chose to give mankind the freedom to make choices – rather than rule them like robotic puppets. 

In the Bible, evil is:

  • Anything that violates God’s moral will
  • Anything that flows not from loving God but from rebelling against him

Satan is the original rebel. He deceived Eve and caused her to question God’s goodness, his intentions, and his instructions. She and Adam disobeyed God. That was the first evil. Their relationship with God was fractured. Their rebellion brought the consequences of suffering and death into mankind’s existence.

People who practice evil have chosen to reject God and his ways. When someone practices evil, it affects others. It causes suffering.

This suffering hurts God’s heart deeply. To prevent evil, God would have to remove our freedom. Without freedom there would be no evil. Honestly, would we want to give up our freedom to live robotically? God is good so he won’t do that.

Understand that it’s actually the choices and actions of humans that inject evil and suffering into our world. It isn’t guns. It isn’t God. It’s people. God should never be blamed.

Remember that God himself came to earth to endure evil/suffering at our hands to repair a broken world and deliver us from an eternity of evil, suffering, and death.

No matter what happens, God is still in control.

Trust God

Believing in God isn’t the same as trusting God. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I’m serious.

When we trust, we have confidence in someone’s character and believe they always have our best interests at heart. 

Satan uses evil and suffering to get us to question God’s goodness. To prevent us from trusting God. To keep us apart.

It’s impossible to trust someone you don’t know. How can you trust God if you don’t know him – especially during times of evil and suffering?

The entire Bible tells the story of God’s goodness to mankind. If you haven’t read the Bible, you might want to nestle into the Psalms during this time. The Bible helps us know God and begin to grasp his character.

God has proven he is more than worthy of our trust. No matter what happens, he is always good.

Hope

Throughout history, God has accommodated our choices while he continues to move mankind forward according to his ultimate plan.

His ultimate plan is fantastic. It includes the creation of a new earth where:

  • There’s no death, mourning, crying or pain. (Revelation 21:4)
  • We live in his presence and he wipes every tear from our eyes.
  • There’s no evil in his dwelling place. None!

Those who have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ will experience a life in heaven that is hugely different from our existence on earth. God is good. He’ll keep evil – and those who practice evil – out.

God has provided a way to this place through faith in his son, Jesus, who came to destroy evil’s work. (1 John 3:8).

There is always, always, always reason to hope. This isn’t all there is. God wins in the end.

Overcome Evil With Good

Finally – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Wise words from the One who knows best. Found in Romans 12:21. Today we suffer with those who have suffered.

In the face of evil, let’s rally together and do some good to overcome evil in this crazy world. 

Other related posts:

Answering Evil with Good

Recognizing the Goodness of God in the Presence of Evil

If you have questions about evil and suffering, leave a comment. I’ll do my best to answer.

Praying and believing in the goodness of God . . .

Lisa ~

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  2. We are all touched when it happens to innocents especially children, in God’s love they are all our children and our families! For all are precious in His sight! Lisa, a wonderful message of comfort as your heart and spirit always expresses so well…beautifully done. I wrote a poem about them also on my site, as it reminded me of the two young angels my wife and I lost years ago! It moved my heart so very deeply! God Bless!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Wendell. You are precious. And you’re right. They are all our children and our families through Christ. So very, very true. Breaks my heart to hear that you’ve experienced the agonizing loss of two children. I’d love to hear your story sometime.

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