Weekend Thought by Robert Fish

Many people find it difficult to believe in God because of all the suffering in the world.

This is understandable because, as they see it, either God is not all-powerful, in which case he would intervene, or he simply doesn’t care, which doesn’t fit the image of a loving God.

How can people believe in such a God? This is a perfectly reasonable question and one that demands an answer.

And therein lies the problem. Nowadays, we expect there to be an answer or explanation to everything but, in reality, there often isn’t.

Life is full of unexplained and unexplainable events. Bad things happen to good people, to us and to others that we can’t explain, so we look for a reason. But what if there isn’t one?

Could it be we just have to accept that we don’t know, move on and deal with what life throws at us?

The apostle Paul wrote the following about knowing God: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Paul is telling us we’re not able to fully understand God yet, but one day we will have our answers.

So, for now, we have no choice but to accept life and the world as it is, because anguishing about it isn’t going to help.

Even if we knew the reason for our suffering, I doubt it would make us feel any better.

Perhaps, instead of asking God to explain himself, we might seek his friendship in those difficult times, because that’s when we really need to feel the comfort of knowing ourselves to be loved.