A family that I know and love has had much suffering in their lives. Last week, the unthinkable happened. They lost their 28 year old son in an accident. My first thought was, “How much suffering can one family take?” Then I began to recite the things that I have learned from this family over the years. I was not surprised when a friend told me that the father’s first statement to her was, “God is good and everything He does is right.” Their lives have exemplified this statement.
I remember hearing the father preach a sermon on the life of Job. Job did not doubt God, but he wanted to know why. He began to demand “his day in court.” God never told him why. He showed Job Who.
Another thing that I learned from this man is that you never base your knowledge of God in light of your circumstances. You judge your circumstances in light of Who God is. If we know who God is and choose not to believe the devil’s lie, we can say that “God is good and everything He does is right!”
Years ago, I heard the mother of the young man who died sing the following song. The song keeps running through my mind ever since I heard the news.
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation,
And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing,