“If God exists, why are people battling cancer?”
“If God is real, why are homeless people sleeping on the street?”
“If God is who He says He is, why do we experience sadness, hardship and heartbreak?”
Those are commonly asked questions by countless unbelievers. In fact, believers have asked the same questions at some point in their lives, too, and I share that factoid with certainty because I was once on the speaking end of those questions. People often wonder why the faithful suffer and why believers do not always prosper despite their faith.
In 2015, when my mom fell ill with cancer, I remember crying out to God. “Why, God?” I screamed. “Why my mother? She loves you. She believes in you. Why is she so sick, God?”
My husband heard my cries, as I was wailing from our bedroom upon hearing the news of my mom’s stage-four gastric cancer.
“Laci,” he said as he gently put his hand on my shoulder. “Our reward is in Heaven, and our faith doesn’t mean we will live perfect lives or be exempt from pain while on Earth.”
His answer angered me because at that moment I couldn’t seem to come to grips with my mom’s illness. I just wanted to be angry and, admittedly, I decided to direct my anger towards God. I questioned Him, I refused to pray and I turned my back on the One who never turned His back on me.
From that moment forward, my husband and loved ones prayed for my mom, and they prayed for me, too, because they knew I was having a difficult time processing this news. Their prayers filled me with renewed strength and peace, thus leading me to dive back into my prayer life. The ironic part is that my mom’s condition worsened yet my faith strengthened. During that trying stage in my life, I fell in love, yet again, with a specific scripture that has led me through troubled waters.
Read more at Why Faithful Christians Don’t Always ‘Prosper’.
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