O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted. (Habakkuk 1:1-4)
The first thing we have to do is accept that this question only makes sense if we come from a belief in a God who is involved with the world in some way. Without a belief in God or more precisely a personal God there is no way we can expect God to be there when life is hard.
I will try to provide some answers from my experience and reading – but like faith, the answers I can offer are easily rejected if you are not open or ready to receive them. One person may find coincidences where another sees answers to prayer. One may find silence an example of God’s mystery while another feels the absence of God. One understands tragedy as a sign that God doesn’t exist while another holds onto a wounded God feeling pain alongside us. Your experience may be very different to mine and words that provide me with comfort may do nothing for you
All I can offer is an introduction into the truths I believe.
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