The Difficult Questions

When tragedy strikes questions will follow.  It’s natural. 

The sudden loss of a loved one, a missing plane flight, an earthquake… They lead us to ask God any number of questions; “Why did you let this happen?”, “Whose fault is it?”, “Don’t you realise the pain I am suffering?”.

The book of Job in the Old Testament is worth reading.  Having lost everything wife, family, health and wealth, it couldn’t get any worse for Job.  At one point, he asks, “What strength do I have, that I should hope?  Does it seem good to you that you should bring such oppression?”

But by the time you get to the end of the book, you get a surprise.  God turns the tables, and rather than directly explain why, asks Job the questions.  Questions about His magnificent creation…the earth, the seas, the cosmos “Were you there when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

And His questions all point to this:  God is sovereign, God is all powerful, God is all knowing, God is love from the first to the last and He alone can understand what He is doing.

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.  We comprehend Him not…. yet the earth and heaven tell… that God sits as sovereign on the throne… and ruleth all things well.