-Update on Judah by Marlon-
See 1st few comments for full update.
Our Good God?!
If you just want a quick update on Judah’s condition, skim to the next section. But I have written this first because I know it’s what God wants me to say, and hopefully it will encourage some of you.
Yesterday my sister reminded me that God wanted to use this situation for his glory, she encouraged me to use this platform to talk about our amazing God. Then I had to remind her of who the pastor was in our family, love you . Honestly, I struggled with what she said, because although I knew God was at work, part of me was upset that He was allowing this to happen. I titled this “Our Good God?!” and the punctuation is extremely important. This statement for me has been both a question and exclamation, for the last few months. This has been a really difficult season for me, our fam, and our ministry… More than ever I have found myself asking the question, why? If you are a good God, and if you have called me, why are you letting all these bad things happen? Theological I could come up with 5 or 6 answers, and I have taught them often in sermons, but a stock Christian response wasn’t going to fix the angst in my spirit. Why let my son be in this kind of pain for a week? Why let the doctors assume this was some type of viral infection? If they would have sent him home to, “wait it out,” like was suggested he could have died. Why let my wife suffer like she has for years? Why put our family through all these ups and downs? Even in my devotions this morning, I read as God called Moses to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt, but once Moses obeyed and spoke to Pharaohs things got worse, much worse (Ex.5:21). So, once again I found myself asking why?
If you’re reading this and you think I’m questioning God, I am not. I know how the story ends for the Children of Israel, and despite my current difficulties, I know how my story will ultimately end as well. But here is what the Holy Spirit reminded me, and I pray it encourages you when you are in the midst of something difficult. I often need faith in the goodness and plans of God, “... from faith to faith; as it is written,