From Pastor Mark

It’s been a difficult week for many in our church family. A faithful church member went to be with the Lord. Another got a disappointing diagnosis. Yet another has been placed on hospice care. And several church members are grieving the recent loss of a loved one. People are hurting.

And my guess is that you are going through something right now too. Maybe it’s a financial hardship, overwhelming pressures at work, marital conflict, a continued struggle with anxiety or depression or loneliness.

Maybe you feel embarrassed (like me) to share your issue because compared to what others are going through it doesn’t seem like a big deal. But whatever that thing is, it’s affecting you. Trust me, I know. There are several things weighing on my heart heavily right now.

The question that we wrestle with, the one that we can’t shake: Why God?

Why this? Why now? What’s the purpose?

While Romans 8:28-29 is not a “quick fix” to our problems, it does shine a beam of hope into our weary souls.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28-29

We may not have a specific answer to our why question, but we do have the ultimate answer. It is for your good. In other words, God is actively and intimately involved in your life right now—in the good and the bad. He has not been sleeping on the job and he never takes a vacation (See Psalm 121). God has called you, justified you (made you right with God), adopted you into his family, and gave you his very life. And he did all this at the expense of losing his own Son. Meaning, God knows exactly what it’s like to feel devastating loss.

One of the reasons Jesus lived, died, and rose again is so that we can know that in all things God works together for our good. If God can work the greatest good—salvation—from the greatest tragedy—the murder of his son—then is he not able to take the struggles in our lives and work them for our good?

I don’t say this flippantly. I say this with grief in my heart and tears in my eyes. I say this as carry not only my own burdens, but the many burdens of our church family. I don’t know why I must wake up each day longing to hear my dad’s voice one more time. I don’t know why you have to endure what you are going through. But, I do know something. God loves you and is not done with you. He has a plan. And one day he will peel away the curtain and you will see the masterpiece he has been painting and you will fall to your knees in awe. You see, the best is yet to come. One day it will all make sense. And until then, you can press on by faith knowing that God is working all things for your good.

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