Sometimes, the evidence of God’s power is not always easy to see in the lives of those who choose to follow Him.
Many people who are struggling or in pain ask questions such as,
“Why do we suffer so much in life?”
“What does God want me to do when I’m suffering?”
“Does God care about my pain?"
If we’re going to suffer despite committing our lives to God, shouldn’t He bless us in return?
“I didn’t see you at church today,” Kate said.
Lindsay sighed. “Well, I appreciate your call.”
“How is Sam doing?” Kate asked.
“Some days are better than others, but it’s tough all the time.”
“I understand,” Kate said. “And how are you doing?”
“I’m okay, I guess.”
“Well, Lindsay, just remember, everyone at church is praying for Sam. And for you too.”
Kate spoke up. “Are you there?”
After a short pause, Lindsay answered. “Listen, Kate, I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but I’d appreciate it if you’d tell everyone to stop praying for us.”
“Lindsay, why do you want everyone to stop praying?”
“Because, I don’t believe God is going to heal Sam’s cancer. We’ve been praying for months, but he’s not getting better, he’s getting worse. To tell you the truth, I don’t know if God even cares about us right now.”
“Lindsay, don’t think like that. God cares, and He can heal Sam. I just know—”
Lindsay interrupted. “Kate, I really need to go. Thanks for calling.”
The successive beeps told Kate that her call with Lindsay had ended.
Kate put her phone down and sat in the hush of her living room. For just a moment, she let the silence wrap around her as she thought to herself, then turned her attention to God. “Lord, Lindsay is right. We’ve been praying for months now. She and Sam have been faithful to you. Why haven’t you healed him?”
She strained to listen for the slightest hint of God’s still, small voice. But the only sound she could hear was the echo of her own questions.
God, are you listening? Where are you?
Have you ever felt like Lindsay or Kate?
Have you ever doubted that God was listening as you poured your heart out to Him?
If you said yes, you aren’t alone. Not many people can say they have trusted God beyond the shadow of a doubt, especially in trying circumstances.