If God is so good, why is life so hard?

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Hard GirlThere is nothing quite like the ache a parent or grandparent feels for their distressed little one. Whether the child is sick, wrestling with an emotional struggle or a physical challenge, our pain can feel overwhelming. It doesn’t matter how old your kids or grandkids are, you ache when they ache, and you suffer when they suffer.

That’s what love does.

I’ve wept over the struggles of those close to me. I would do anything to fix their situations. I’ve prayed over and over, “God, I beg you to intervene. Do something. Anything. Please come and fix this….” At times the heavens seem so silent.

But God feels every pain of every person in every moment of his or her life. God has seen our troubles and cares deeply about the anguish of our souls (Ps. 31:7); he is close to the brokenhearted (Ps. 34:18); and even when we walk through the valley of shadows, he is right beside us (Ps. 23:4).

Knowing that the Lord is aware of our distress brings me comfort.

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I have no idea what is causing you to ache in this moment. I don’t know what is bringing angst and sorrow to your spirit.

  • You don’t get the promotion or raise you deserve.

  • Your spouse says, “I want a divorce.”

  • You have a miscarriage.

  • The doctor says, “I’m afraid this is going to require surgery and a long recovery period.”

  • An in-law becomes an outlaw.

I may not know what you are wrestling with right now, but I do know this: When life is hard, hang on to the truth, not what you feel. And understand this—God knows, he cares, and he is near even when we feel alone.

So what have I learned about life and hardship?

  • I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.

  • I’ve learned to stay the course no matter what the course may bring.

  • I’ve learned to be humble and dependent on the Father for everything.

  • I’ve learned to fix my eyes and heart on the One who has never left me.

  • I’ve learned that God can handle my questions.

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Read this next part very slowly: God never promised us an easy life. He never assured us an answer to everything, not on this side of eternity. If that were the case, how would hope and faith play into the mix? The normal expectation for Christ-followers is faith in the face of the unknown and trust even when we are baffled by life.

Is it easy? No. However, though we have no guarantee of an easy life, we do have the Father. No matter what, we are never alone and never left to wade through the mud and muck in our own strength.

May I pray for you?

Father, this life is so hard sometimes. We have so little control and feel so overwhelmed by circumstances that baffle us at times. We know so little, and we ache so much. Please carry us. Please protect us. But most of all, please help us to keep our eyes on you no matter what. You alone are our hope.

“…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.

But take heart, because I have overcome the world” John 16:33 NLT.

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6 Responses to If God is so good, why is life so hard?

  1. thank you for this timely blog….email….I try not to doubt..I try to remember to thank God for all things…..and more so when things are rough.
    i try not to question….but man oh man is this HARD!!! i just want to make sure I am making the right choice God wants me to do as well for my family…decisions need to be made…hopefully soon God will give me the answer.

  2. I remember the first time I heard you share this message of life not being easy, but that He was in it with us no matter what. Changed my perspective forever. I’ve been through these seasons of difficult times several times since. Easier? No. But my heart remains focused on Jesus and that alone brings great comfort to ride out the storm and press in to His greater eternal gift. Thanks for the reminder again…

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