In the Word
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand (Psalm 10:14a).
Of the Word
Why, Lord? Why did that beautiful young mother die? She had so much to live for! Why did the cancer treatment — long and harsh — fail in the end? The family is devastated. Why did disease rob the father of the joy of playing with his sons? He will never play catch with them. Why, Lord?
We seek answers from God. We may listen, hoping for words like Jeremiah heard when he was called to be God’s prophet. “Do not be afraid … for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 1:8).
God does speak to us in His Word. He reminds us that He has made us His own. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1b). Jesus promises to be with us. … I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).
Trouble and grief will come, for we live in a sin-filled world. But God the Father will see us through. All who are His children by faith in Christ will live with Him in heaven where “Why, Lord?” will never be asked again!
Walking with my Lord
Holy Spirit, help me to see beyond my questions and to rely on Your love and grace. Forgive my doubts and my worries. Help my faith to grow stronger through them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Comfort from the Psalms. Authors: Marcia Gomulka & Myrna Lou Meyer. 14/30 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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