In the movie, ‘Greater,’ about Brandon Burlsworth’s short life, it ended with a wonderful message. Despite Brandon’s dreams for his family ending at age 22, they trusted God.
In all these tragedies lately, I have read such cynical posts in response to people of faith, trying to offer hope, love and prayers to victims.
‘Where’s your God in this?’ ‘Why even bother to pray it only makes it worse.’ ‘Wow, you call your God a God of love and He allows this to happen?’ ‘There is no God, just an imaginary crutch’ for weak-minded people.’ I could go on, but I think you get the gist.
I do not do well in conflict or confrontation, so I usually ‘watch and pray’ from the sidelines. All this to say, ‘Matthew 5:44-45 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.’ In other words, believers are NOT exempt from suffering, sickness, heartbreak, storms, or even death (to name a few).
SPOILER ALERT…at the memorial service for Brandon Burlworth, his brother battled with faith and the ‘why God, why Brandon?’ The answer from Faith members in response to Brandon’s life and death, “WE TRUST!!’
So even if we lose our things in an earthquake, flood, tornado, fire, if the person we are praying for dies, even if our answer to pray is ‘no,’ we WILL TRUST that God is good all the time.
God doesn’t fit in a our box. As humans there is no way to explain why things happen or don’t happen. We must put our faith and trust that God knows the entire picture and regardless of what happens, He loves and cares for us. TRUST HIM, when all about you seems to be falling, Trust Him.
Here is a response from a woman on the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church FB page to a woman angry as why a dry spot on a prayer room rug would be a praise when there were so many seemingly unanswered prayers during the flood in Louisiana 2016.