A World with Pain
Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
It’s one of the most significant questions keeping many people from trusting in God. How can a good God allow pain and suffering in this world? How can there be a God who allows there to be such terrible natural disasters and calamities. Devastating earthquakes, hurricanes along the coast, fires out of control in the mountain states and floods in other parts. Why would God allow such terrible things to happen often causing pain to good people?
Scripture tells us that the world isn’t the peaceful garden that it was created to be. Because of sin the world we now live in is quite messed up, and yes, sometimes bad things happen to good people.
Be sure of this though that God sees and is ready to help us when we call on Him. While we suffer at times because the world is not the way it was when He created it we can also know that it is not as it will one day be when He returns. For now the world seems out of control but we will someday see that changed forever. The good news is that He has not left us here alone to suffer without help.
We can take the suffering that we face in this world to Him and He will give us comfort and strength. He is a God who cares for His people.
Psalm 46:10-11 (NIV)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.