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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Me?

By Kimberly Snider
Missionary to the Philippines -- "The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness'" (Jeremiah 31:3).

Since we know God is in control of everything, we must believe that He allows pain to enter our lives. The Bible says that God will never leave us or forsake us. He walks with us into every painful experience and He stays with us through them, whether we feel His presence or not.

When pain enters our lives, we have a choice. We can either overcome the pain, or we can be overcome by it. It boils down to this. Are we willing to trust Him? Mother Teresa said, "Don't run from pain, but let God work through it."

Jesus wants you to know He understands your pain and knows your need. He is greater than those things.

When our son was sick with cancer, I could not feel God's presence. I thought, "God if you really cared you would be with me here, right now!" Then good things started happening; we found an excellent hospital, we got financial aid for drugs, I met many dozens of caring people who enriched my life, our son got well.

Now, years later, I am starting to see how God did take care of us. And I am beginning to see why He let it happen.

If you are dealing with pain right now, don't worry about trying to answer all the questions that come to your mind. Don't feel bad if you are angry with God. But do trust Him to provide for you, to help you, to rescue you. Even if you can't understand it right now, God has a wonderful plan for your life!

Kim SniderFrom "Moments for Moms," a free email subscription. Copyright (c) 2003 Women's Ministries of the Assemblies of God. Reprinted with permission.

"Moments For Moms" is written by Kimberly Snider, a missionary to the Philippines and host of the radio program "Moments for Mothers." The radio program is produced by Asia Pacific Media Ministries. The online edition, "Moments for Moms," is produced and distributed by Women's Ministries of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri.

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