Affliction forces us to reconcile our view of God with our adverse circumstances. We have three choices.
- We can deem God weak, mean, aloof, or unreliable, because he lets us suffer.
- We can conclude that he must not exist, because if he was real, he would make life better.
- We can believe, despite our distress, that God exists, he is good, and he is trustworthy.
The last alternative is the foundation of faith.
Faith Is The Means To Reconciliation
God defines faith as believing in that which cannot be seen or clearly understood.
During distress, God wants us to believe in him and all his fullness, which we cannot see. He also wants us to trust in the wisdom and logic of his grand plan, which we do not always understand clearly.
Faith bridges the gap between what God has revealed to be true about himself, through nature and in the Bible, and what we could infer about him from our affliction.
God’s Promise Justifies Reconciliation
We reconcile our suffering with the goodness of God by recognizing that distress distorts our perception of him, much like the peephole in a door warps our view of the person standing on the other side.
We decide the six truths implicit in God’s promise of aid—not our adverse circumstances—evidence his true nature.
God Will Surely Come To Your Aid
- God exists. The cosmos, nature, and life itself affirm his existence.
- God is present with us. He delivers personalized aid in real time.
- God sees our plight. Awareness always precedes benevolence.
- God cares for us. Otherwise he would promise nothing.
- God has the resources to help us. He has already provided for our tangible and spiritual sustenance.
- God has obligated himself to help us. Note the extra emphasis in his pledge.
The promise does not simply state, “God will come to your aid”. The promise declares, “God will surely come to your aid.”