Anonymous Comment.

I received an anonymous comment the other day.  I didn’t say anything about it yet because, quite honestly, I didn’t know what to say. 

Anonymous said…

but this is a tough one. so many wonderful, holy, and giving people pray and are not answered in the same way.

i can’t believe that He picks and chooses who to help and who to not.

suffering exists. and it is not for the lack of prayer.
September 28, 2009 11:26 PM


I don’t have the answers.  I just got home from a funeral.  My uncle and his girlfriend had a baby on Saturday night.  He only lived for a couple of hours.

They had known it was going to happen, but that just isn’t something you can prepare yourself for.  I do not know why this happened.  I don’t know why some people are healed and others aren’t. 

There are, however, some things that comfort me in times of such questions.  We live in a fallen world and there is going to be pain and suffering.  I would never say that someone suffers because of a lack of faith or prayer.  Even Paul had a problem that God didn’t fix for him.  I don’t think that anyone would argue it was because of a lack of faith.

But, I know this.  God has an answer for suffering.  He has a cure for suffering.  It’s not to take away all the pain on this earth.  His cure for suffering was to send His son to die on a cross and take our sins with him so that we could be forgiven and live forever with Him in Heaven.  Paul says in Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  The suffering of this world may seem great at the time, but once we are in Heaven in the physical presence of God, it will all be nothing.

So, I don’t know how God decides who will be healed.  I don’t know how the days of our lives are set or why some people were born into wealth and some into poverty.  Or why some people live to be 100 and some never get the chance at life at all.  I don’t know that.

But, God’s word tells us to set our mind on things above, not on earthly things.  And that is what God does.  He doesn’t see our lives in terms of this earth.  He sees our lives in terms of the everlasting life that we will have with Him.  Although he is compassionate and sympathizes with our pain and suffering and loss, He sees a bigger picture that far outlasts and outweighs anything this world has to offer.

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