Where do you turn when you start to question the truths of your faith?
One morning my 8-year-old son turned to me. With his toothbrush in hand, he said, “Mom, I don’t think God is really with us all the time. I think maybe He just kinda watches over us from heaven, because I don’t feel very protected. The bullies still bug me, and God doesn’t stop them.”
I could relate to what he was saying. There have been times in my life when I have asked, “Where are you in the midst of this, God?”
So — like a fellow student who is trying to understand the same concept — I did my best to answer his question. I told him that in this fallen world there is sin and, as a result, bad things will happen. But God is with us all the time in our hearts, and He will make sure that in the end everything turns out well for those who love Him.
Anthony seemed to be pondering these things as we finished getting ready. I wasn’t sure I’d answered his question entirely but, the fact is, sometimes parents just don’t have all the answers.
As we sat down to eat breakfast, I pulled out the children’s devotional that I like to read to the boys in the morning (Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids).
When I saw the verse for the day, I couldn’t believe it. I snuck a look at Anthony to make sure he was listening. Then I read outloud:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Looking up from his plate, my son burst out laughing, and I joined him as we marvelled at how perfectly this verse spoke to what we had been discussing that morning.
I went on to read the devotional, and it was as if God was directly answering Anthony’s questions that morning. “You might be thinking that you deserve a problem-free life. But that is simply not true. You want an answer to every problem you face. But that will not happen. Just as I told My disciples, in this world you will have trouble! If you walk with Me, I won’t promise you a problem-free life, but I will promise you a problem-free eternity.”
My son couldn’t stop giggling, in true 8-year-old style, and I soaked up the joy that was written all over his face. God had made us laugh. He had showed up, through His word, in a way that was very real to us. And He had answered our question.
It struck me how God must be delighted when we meet Him in His word.
Truly, we will have troubles in this life. There’s not a Christian out there who doesn’t have problems. But we can be encouraged by the fact that God’s promise to us is of a problem-free eternity.
Questions for you:
Has there been a time in your life when God showed up in His word in a big way? What did it mean to you? How did it impact your faith?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!