"If God has so much power, why didnt He protect my mother?"
a young waiter asked, tears filling his eyes. "I cant serve
a God who would do this to me. He let me down. Why did she have
"Ive asked God
about my fathers death many times," I said, "but there are
some questions we wont have answered until were in heaven."
Speaking softly so customers
couldnt hear him, he said, "I dont think Im going
to heaven. Im not a Christian like my mother Im
"I have a strong feeling
you will be in heaven."
"What makes you think
that?" he asked with surprise.
"Because you know God
is real. You love your mother and you want to live forever with
her in heaven. If your mother were here, shed probably say
something like, Son, Im not angry with God for taking
me to heaven. If you love me, honor my memory by serving God.
"You may be right," he
said, "but God owes me. If He wants me, Hell have to give
me some answers."
"Can I be honest with
you?" I asked.
"It sounds to me like
you think God disappointed you, so now youre working hard
to disappoint Him. Gods Son died too
on a cross for
you. God doesnt owe any of us. But He wants to help you because
He loves you. We may not fully understand why our parents died,
but this we know God loves them and He loves you and me."
He nodded as the Holy
Spirit softened his heart.
I continued. "The Bible
says if we draw near to God, Hell draw near to us. Take a
few steps toward God. Start talking to Him again. Go to church some
Sunday and let Him give you the peace youve been looking for."
Our discussion ended
abruptly when the mans supervisor summoned him to another
Are you disappointed
with God? Tell Him how you feel. Get it off your chest. Then say,
"Lord, I dont understand why this happened but still I choose
to trust You. Im going to believe what it says in Romans 8:28:
In all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose" (NIV).
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