If God is loving, why does He allow pain and suffering in our lives? Can He truly be good, even in dark circumstances?
Jesus’ death on the cross guaranteed heaven for us in the next life. Then, there will be no more struggles, no more heartache, no more tears.
But what about in the meantime? What good is God to us in this life? What is He up to in our lives right now – especially if He doesn’t appear to be up to anything at all? Or maybe you feel like He’s absent altogether. Western Culture tends to view the “abundant life” God promised us as an abundance of comfort and blessings that make things go smoothly and that make us feel good all the time.
If that’s what God is supposed to be up to, He’s not doing a very good job. So maybe the abundant life that Jesus promised us means something else? What does God mean when He says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, ESV)?
Those kinds of questions ought to be thought through and answered very carefully.
Dr. Larry Crabb has written a wonderful new book called, When God’s Ways Make No Sense. In it, he weaves his personal experiences with biblical wisdom to offer insights that are rich, deep, and meaningful.
I’m talking with Dr. Crabb on our radio program about what he calls the “in-between story” that God is telling. That’s the larger story God is telling in your life that answers the question, “What does the cross make possible for me when life isn’t working?”
Join us for our broadcast “Trusting God When We Don’t Understand His Ways” on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free smartphone app. And pick up a copy of Dr. Crabb’s book. I so believe that it will answer your deepest questions about life and suffering that I’ve provided an endorsement for it.
Dr. Larry Crabb is a psychologist and founder of NewWay Ministries.