When we suffer pain and loss, we sometimes ask the question, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened?” While the Bible tells us the future of human history, it supplies no specific explanation of the events that take place daily in our lives. Sometimes when tragedy strikes we understand a little, but as a rule we are unable to fathom the mystery of disease or accidents.
Even in times of perplexing trauma, we can hold fast to this faith-sustaining counsel: “Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God” (Isa. 50:10).
That’s what W. A. Shelton did. The former pastor of the First Methodist Church in Gadsden, Alabama, lost his wife, whom he dearly loved. Yet he could honestly say to his friend Denson Franklin, “I miss her greatly, but I am on God’s team, and He is the quarterback. He calls the plays, and I run where He tells me. He has called the play. I do not understand it, but I shall continue to play on His team.”
Are you going through circumstances that you don’t understand? Cry out to the Lord (Ps. 66:17,19-20), and continue to trust in His wisdom and goodness. He understands it all and cares for you.
Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell;
I only know my Lord does all things well.
And so I trust in God, my all in all,
For He will bring me through, whate'er befall. —Smith
When all things seem to be against you, remember that God is for you.