Do you ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? In this post, find God's answer.

In This World You Will Have Trouble

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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.

Do you ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? In this post, find God's answer.

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!

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43 responses on “In This World You Will Have Trouble

  1. Betsy de Cruz

    Wow Jenni, that’s amazing how God spoke to your son. (And He easily used you, because you were reading the Word with him!) How wonderful that God is available and wants to speak to an 8 year old boy! I can relate to how he feels myself.

    Last fall, God spoke to me in a very clear way when my son was considering applying to a fancy university (#1 in the nation in the major he wants to study). Just applying is like taking an extra high school class, and his chances of getting in are small, but in one day, 3 times through 3 sources God spoke the verse from Ephesians “More than all we can ask or imagine” to me!

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Oh Betsy, that is wonderful! I love it when God confirms things three times for us. Praying for your son’s success. Thank you for stopping by Genuflected!

  2. Kelly Balarie

    Jenni,
    I love how God came down to meet your son too. What joy it is to see him work. I know as a parent we can feel that we want to rescue our kids and save them from it all. You were so wise to pull out the devotional. I cheer your smart parenting and your love of the Lord. Thanks for joining the #RaRalinkup at Purposeful Faith. I love your words.

    1. Genuflected Post author

      That’s right, Kelly. It is all joy! Thank you for hosting the linkup and for stopping by here. God bless you for the work you are doing!

  3. Kristine

    Another example of how God’s timing is perfect! That’s such an uplifting story. Sometimes our kids can throw out the toughest questions! And honestly, it catches me off guard. I love how God joined in here to give you both comfort and let your son know how real and present He is. Awesome!

  4. Tania Vaughan (@TaniaJVaughan)

    This last 6 months has truly been a time a of falling in love with God’s word and time and again he speaks, he directs, he comforts and he loves all through the words in his Word. And yet we are often surprised and delighted to see him there. How wonderful that your son is learning this at such a young age – you are a mother to be praised x

  5. Sarah Travis

    What an awesome testimony of God showing up and showing your son that He is indeed WITH Him at all times! I love how He does that! What a blessing for your son to grew up learning about the love of the Lord on a daily basis! Cheering you on as a mother today #RaRaLinkUp 🙂

  6. Joanne Viola

    This is such a precious post. It so displays the depth of love our God feels for our children. He so honors our questions when we come to Him with transparency, seeking Him. I am so glad I stopped here from Testimony Tues. this morning. Blessings!

  7. Nicki Schroeder

    You had me at your title Jenni! We are all broken. All so desperately in need of a Savior. And more importantly, we don’t have all the answers. Love how you were true to form on that with your son and that the Lord was able to grant you a response that was so beautifully timed!

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Thank you Nicki! It’s so true that we don’t have all the answers. What fun that He gives us a peak at the truth through His Word! Thank you for visiting Genuflected!

  8. Stephanie K. Adams

    I love how God gives us the answers we need at the time in which we need them. How beautiful to know He met your son that morning. I can almost hear your little boy’s giggles as he delights in God’s voice to him. Joy!
    Thank you for your words. #RaRaLinkup

  9. Deanna

    I love this post and the great example you have given us. I love the fact that you said, “God must be delighted when we meet him in his word.” Oh how I imagine his delight! He honors our faithfulness and will always show up in a real, sometimes big, way.

  10. Tai East

    Jenni, this is probably the most beautiful post that I’ve read all day. I have a heart for children and I just love that GOD met the needs of your son’s heart in the precise moment that he needed it, Wow! We serve an amazing GOD! Thank you so much for sharing this, Love! It truly brought joy to my heart! Infinite blessings to you and your precious little ones! 🙂

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Thank you, Tai! It’s so wonderful to feel God in those parenting moments and know that we are not in this alone. Thank you for visiting Genuflected!

  11. Kathryn Shirey

    Love how God’s timing is so perfect – and how you got to share that with your little boy. I think this is one of the hardest concepts of faith to understand – how God can’t stop all the bad in the world, yet He’s walking beside us to help us through it.

    1. Genuflected Post author

      I agree! I think I’ll spend a lifetime trying to learn and remember that lesson. Thanks for visiting Genuflected today, Kathryn.

  12. Deb Wolf

    Jenni, I love this! Your little boy’s honesty is one of the things I think is child-like faith. And how God meets our child-like honesty. Thank you! What a blessing on my day!

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Thank you, Deb! Yes there is so much to learn from the innocent honesty of a child. And it reminds me that it’s okay to ask God questions when we are unsure. He’s our parent, and it’s natural for a child to ask their parent to help them understand. Thanks for visiting Genuflected today!

  13. ~ linda

    How wonderful for your precious son to realize the way God showed up right there to answer him personally through His Word and the devotional. And a blessing to be able to laugh in a way saying, “I understand, God. Thanks for being with me and sorry for not believing You.”
    Oh, that we each learn this hard lesson and one I have picked up again and again.
    Visiting from Grace & Truth.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes, I am so grateful that God spoke to the heart of my son in such an awesome, fun way! I fully believe He’ll speak to all our hearts this way if we are open to His Word. Thanks for visiting Genuflected today, Linda.

  14. Christy @christylouhoo

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!
    I LOVE it when God totally shows up like that! That was God’s way of drawing near to both of you in your time of need and I’ll tell you a secret–that story encourages me and strengthens me as well!
    So cool!
    Thanks for sharing that!

  15. Genuflected Post author

    It’s so wonderful when God reiterates His message to us through the words of others. Thank you for visiting Genuflected today, Jennifer!

  16. Holly Brown

    This is a fantastic post! Seriously awesome, I love how you answered your little boy and also I think God’s heart was equally delighted by his contemplating the things of God and talking to you about it, as He was in your meeting Him in His word! Excellent post!

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