I saw my friend's name appear on my phone. For three years, we had pastored churches in the same town and had become fast friends. We hadn't talked recently, so I was anxious to catch up. But the news that he shared wasn't what I wanted to hear. He had suffered a seizure. Further testing revealed a brain tumour. Now he lay in a hospital bed awaiting radiation. The tumour was inoperable and the prognosis unfavourable. Often, his type of tumour reveals the presence of cancer somewhere else in the body. But his spirits were high. Members of his church have been visiting. Some have preached for him. Instead of turning their back on him because he can't perform his duties, the church has stepped up and demonstrated their love.
John 13:1 – Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. (NLT)
When the news is bad or when tragedy strikes, it's tempting to question God or think that He has forgotten us. I've heard many propose that it's wrong to question God, but there's a difference between questioning God and asking God a question. Questioning God calls into question His love or actions in my life, whereas asking Him a question merely seeks information about why something has happened or is happening and how I should respond to it.
God's love is unending. Regardless of what touches my life, it has been filtered through the Father's hand and does not signal that He has stopped loving me. He loved me in the past, loves me in the present, and will love me eternally. The expressions of His love may sometimes baffle me, but He loves me nevertheless. I must simply learn to trust His love, mercy, and goodness, as well as the means that He uses to express them.
When you're tempted to think that God has stopped loving you, think again.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for Your eternal love that holds us safely throughout our lifetime. Amen.
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