“What is impossible for people is possible with God” (Luke 18:27, NLT).

Where is God when terrible things happen? Why doesn’t he prevent the tragic consequences of natural disasters? We ask these questions because we can’t understand why someone so good and powerful lets so much suffering and pain take place, and not just now, but throughout all of human history.

When Jesus was on the cross, some asked this same question. You trust him and have such a close connection with him, why doesn’t he come down and save you from this painful execution (Matthew 27, paraphrase mine)? Jesus didn’t answer then and we seem to receive no answers now. Because of the silence, many assume God turned his back then and does the same today. Jesus was seen as weak and certainly not the Messiah the Jews expected. God is seen as weak, as if his hands are somehow tied, or perhaps he just doesn’t care. But this verse puts that to rest. He knows all the inside stories, and has reasons for everything he does or doesn’t do. Knowing everything is possible with God gives us reason to trust in his goodness and power.

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