If you’ve been married for any length of time… or if you’re a parent… there is a good chance you’ve at least thought those questions. Where are you God? Don’t you care? Don’t you care that my wife and I are always fighting? Don’t you care that my husband is cheating on me? Don’t you care that I’m losing my teenager? Don’t you care that my child is dying in the hospital? Don’t you care… and you fill in the blank.
In fact, if you are an American watching what’s going on in our country, you might even be asking those same questions about the shootings that are in the news. Where are you God? Don’t you care that people are killing each other?
Those of you that have followed our journey with our grandson Justus know that we’ve cried out to God those very same questions. When it looked like we were going to lose our little warrior I wondered, does God even care that Justus is in a coma right now. And if He does care, then maybe He’s as powerless as we are! And yes, I admit, I had my moments of crying out to God… “Where are you God!?”
If you’ve been asking those questions, I’m not going to pretend I have the answers. All I can tell you is what we’ve experienced on our journey. In those most fragile moments, those darkest nights full of doubt, when I was able to finally quiet my heart; He impressed the one truth that carried us through.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
How do you weather the storms in your life? How do you trust in God when it seems like everything is falling apart? By clinging to the truth – God is always there and He never changes. There are times in marriage, in parenting, and even in our country when things don’t make sense. But it doesn’t change the truth, Jesus loves you. God is for your marriage and for your kids.
But we live in a fallen world and unfortunately most people are like me; they are selfish and prideful. And because of a fallen world and since God gives us the gift of free will – we sometimes find ourselves in really tough places. In fact, it’s the reason Jesus went to the cross, so that our selfishness and pride wouldn’t keep us from spending eternity with Him. Certainly there is more and if you ever want to know more about Jesus or salvation or the “good news” then please write us.
But another way to think of Hebrews 13:8 became a rallying cry for #TeamJustus…
The Moon is Round!
Four words that became an instant reminder; no matter what we can see of God… or feel of God… or sense of God… we know the truth. God is always the same! Just like we know on a cloudy night, when we look up in the sky and can only make out a fraction of the moon, the moon is round!
So if you find yourself in a challenging marriage then please be encouraged, God is right here and He does care! If you’re struggling with a child then rest assured it matters to God! And God cares about the pain we feel in America right now. I realize these are just words and they may even seem hollow if you are currently in a storm. But that doesn’t change the truth, God is the same and the moon is round!
You can be honest with God. He can handle your doubts and your fears. Cry out to him. But then do me a favor. Stop long enough to listen. Give God a chance to comfort and encourage you. It doesn’t mean suddenly your marriage will be fixed or your child will be healed. We are still in the middle of a long journey with Justus.
But you’ll know that the God of the universe loves you and will be with you no matter what happens.
Bad things will still happen. People will continue to be selfish and prideful and hurt each other. You will continue to have storms in your life. But God loves you and is for you. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. The Moon is Round.
You may have heard, we have created an official “The Moon is Round” T-shirt to help us raise money to support marriages and families at a missional church in the heart of a very unchurched neighborhood in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. If you’d like to support our ministry and be one of the first to own this shirt then click HERE. We will only be taking orders until July 24th.