Despite family tragedies, God has not abandoned you

09/23/2013 4:00 PM

09/24/2013 5:52 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I feel like God has abandoned me. Three close relatives have died in the last few months, and now I just got word that my aunt (who’s been almost like a second mother to me) has inoperable cancer. Why is God doing this to me? — C.G.


In all honesty, when things like this touch our lives we seldom know why God has allowed them to happen. Job in the Old Testament declared, “Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).

But God has not abandoned you! In the midst of all that’s happening to you, God wants you to discover one of life’s greatest truths: He loves you and wants to help you and give you hope for the future. And he will, as you turn to Christ in faith and trust, and make him (instead of your circumstances) the foundation of your life. Circumstances change, emotions change, but God never changes, and that’s why we can put our trust in Christ.

I’ve often said that hard times in life will do one of two things to us: they’ll either drive us away from God or turn us toward him. Which is better? The answer is clear: It’s far better to put our lives into God’s hands than to try living without him. The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Mary, the mother of Jesus, experienced far greater sorrow than we will ever know, watching helplessly as her son — the son of God — was nailed to a cross. How could God let it happen? But by Jesus’ death and resurrection Christ purchased our salvation, and that made all the difference — for her, and for us.

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