One of the most vexing questions that face not only modern seekers but also those of faith is: how can a loving God allow such terrible things to happen? But the question is rooted far deeper than our contemporary age, going back through the Christian apologetics and even the Bible itself.
Job is the quintessential example of faith through trying times, but the Bible shows us through one example after another how believers coped, prayed, trusted and suffered through the external circumstances of a chaotic world.
David A.R. White, who stars in the upcoming film GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS, which opens in theaters nationwide March 30, believes trusting God is simple — in good times.
“The question of whether ‘God is good all the time’ is easy to answer when times are good. But how true is that when we struggle, when we go through the times that are tough, that are hard? What does it mean? Is God truly good all the time in the midst of tragedy, in the midst of brokenness, in the midst of loss?’”
When we wrestle with pain and heartache, remember three things:
- God is in control. Whether it was Job in the Old Testament or Jesus being tempted in the desert, the Bible makes it clear that God has won the victory over death and the Devil. God allowed those moments of despair as a bridge toward something much better and much more important.
- God understands. The disciples were meticulous to point out that Jesus felt hunger, pain and wept just like the rest of us. He understands what we feel not only in our physical bodies, but also our hearts and minds.
- God loves us. Even in the midst of darkness, God’s love is the universal constant that we can always count on. Even as we may change through our trials and tribulations, God remains the same and realizing that truth, regardless of our momentary circumstances, is perhaps one of the most important lessons we can find in this life.
Coming to theaters nationwide March 30, 2018, GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.