“Why did God let you suffer? I don’t get that. I don’t understand. (a friend, 2014)”
A mother learned her son overdosed on heroin and died.
A baby is born with genetic defects so severe she only lives a few weeks.
A pastor suffers for years with nerve pain.
A five year old girl lives in fear of an abusive parent.
If God is good, how could He let this happen? In 2014, my friend needed to know the answer. He was struggling to justify his doubts and fears. Lies, attack, and false accusations had almost destroyed his life.
“I want to believe, but I don’t get it. ”
God is a good father. He is not bound by the limits of our humanity. He embodies goodness, because He created it. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God IS love. He cannot separate from love and goodness if that is who He is. He is good.
So if God is good, and He is love, then why did he let me suffer? Why did he let your child overdose? Why did her husband die? I could try to explain it, but the truth is, there is simply no answer that will satisfy a hurting heart. He knows more than we do. That’s it.
d can now see the goodness of God in his life.
“God, everyone sees Your goodness, for Your tender love is blended into everything You do. (Psalm 145:9 TPT)”