Kayla DuBois – Social Media Coordinator
I think it’s easy to say I have faith when things I pray for work out. I can talk about the power of prayer and the ways in which God provides with sincerity. But what about in hard times when I don’t see God’s provision? What about the times when I pray desperately and the answer is no? Can I, even in those moments, still say prayer is powerful and that God provides?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
If I claim to have faith only when the good times are rolling, then is it really faith that I have or is it simply satisfaction? As a Christ follower I am called to have faith even in moments when I ask and it is not given the way I expect, when the answer is unclear, or when the answer is painful.
I had a conversation with a friend a while ago that recently came to my mind. We were talking about family and difficult relationships when she told me about her aunt who suffered from depression. Her aunt was put down by other family members and one day, committed suicide. My friend asked me the question we all struggle to find words for, “If God is good, why does He allow bad things to happen to good people?”
As I thought about this statement that we so often find a hard time discovering an answer for, these words were brought to my mind and I believe they hold truth: God is good. If we believe in the Word we can believe this,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
In our world there exists the presence of sin, and God does allow it to have a place. As hard as that is to accept, there is another element to that truth. God allows events to occur, even terrible painful things, because He already knows the glory that will prevail through it. Sin cannot conquer us or our circumstances!
Take Job for example. Did he have any idea why the afflictions he suffered came upon him? No. He was not given the knowledge to understand the situation. But God knew; He knew that this test would result in His glory despite the devil’s desire to conquer Job’s life.
The same thing occurs everyday in our very own lives. This is a comfort to me when I feel discouraged by troubles. I may not understand, but God is able and all-knowing. He knows the future beyond this moment in time and, ultimately, it will be made to glorify Him.
To have faith is to believe that in any and all circumstances God provides. I will never know the explanation for all of the things that happen in life that are painful. But in faith I don’t need to have the answer. In faith I can believe that God knows the reasons. He knows that though Satan may afflict us, he cannot defeat us.
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome.”