We are just wrapping up a very challenging series: Tough Questions of Christianity. I will this series beyond most series that we have preached on has stretched me and challenged my understanding of the gospel in many ways. I hope we don’t back down from tough questions of our faith but rather we look at challenging issues with a spirit of prayer and grace. Here are a few things I hope we take away from this time:
- Tough issues do arise, but God’s love towards you never changes.
This is where people can really have a hard time, “My life has begun spinning out of control, does God still love me?” The simple answer to that question is yes, God still does. God doesn’t always approve of all our actions or words, but God’s love for us never fails and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:31-39).
The sad truth is we do forget this amazing love at times during our Christian walk, but that is one of the amazing functions and purposes of the church and other Christians to remind us that God’s love towards us never changes.
2. Inexplicable tragedies do not rattle God or question His authority.
When we’re faced with difficult loss, hurt, or tragedy we often doubt the goodness and grace of God. My encouragement is for you to always remember the words of John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart because I have overcome the world.” It is natural to question God when we look at a world where it seems that things are spinning out of control. God can handle our doubts, fears, and angers, but God doesn’t want you to stay there. One of the blessings God does bring is that he will use fear, doubt, and hurt and bring you closer to Himself.
God will always allow free will but always will remain in complete control. This is one of the most amazing areas of Christian theology, and we serve a God who really is this powerful. God will always sit on the throne even when he gives human beings complete and total freedom.
3. The best step-show you care.
Many people often ask how to live out their faith, what to do, what to say, and really want to do good in this world. My encouragement is to always show people: both those doing well and those in pain that you care about them. Seek to listen. Look to engage. Offer a hug when appropriate, but above all is be there and show you care. God is still moving, speaking, and bringing people to know Him, and He is using His church to accomplish all of this in many powerful ways.