... do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come.' 1 Peter 4:12 NLT
In the space of a few months Fred Whiteman went through more pain than most of us do in our lifetime. His best mate died of cancer. Then his mum died and his wife was killed. Next, he had to have a heart transplant. And, while he was still getting over that, he had to deal with cancer and a court battle. You wouldn't blame this guy if he reacted badly! But, did he get bitter and cynical? No, he did what King David said: '...my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the towering rock of safety' (Psalm 61:2 NLT). When you're overwhelmed it's easy to jump to the conclusion that 'God isn't on the job.' But Fred says, 'When we can't figure it out, we have to faith it out.'
What did Fred learn through all this: (a) How much we need God. Life's troubles are harsh reminders that we're only human and our lives could change in an instant; (b) Troubles build character, purify our heart motives and get rid of the desire to play games; (c) Handling trouble well demonstrates to others that in their darkest hour he is there.
Paul says that nothing will separate us from the love of Jesus (See Romans 8:35). So when you start wondering, 'Why did God let this happen?' remember that he never said there wouldn't be pain and challenges. No. He said he'd always care for you.
So what now? Don't judge God's love based on your circumstances; instead look for him in the middle of them.
SoulFood: Acts 22-23, Matt 2:13-23, Ps 94:1-11, Pro 11:14-15