Our God is in the arena of life

Published 8:21 am Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I’m a new Bible teacher and have people coming from all backgrounds to attend the class at my place of employment. Most questions asked are about the changing times and suffering. How does one give truthful answers from the Bible and provide comfort to those in pain? – B.T.

Dear B.T.: Many changes have taken place in our world. It is no longer the same world as we once knew it. There are new generations – young people who have grown up in a new society and are challenged by new ideas. But it isn’t entirely new because every generation experiences change.
But one thing is certain: God has not changed, for He said, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6). This is an immeasurable comfort to the believer in times of change.
John Bunyan tells us, “Afflictions are governed by God, both as to time, number, nature, and measure. Our times, and our conditions in those times, are in the hand of God, yea, and so are our souls and bodies, to be kept and preserved from the evil while the rod of God is upon us.”
God is interested in, and concerned about, every aspect of our lives – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The Bible makes it clear that nothing that concerns us is beneath His concern.
It would be impossible to list all the Bible’s promises. Some estimate there are anywhere from 8,000 to 30,000 promises of God.
Our God is in the arena of life. He goes with His people into the scene of difficulty and onto the platform of pain, not necessarily to deliver us from them but to sustain us in the midst of them.
We can take comfort in the fact that “God is our refuge and our strength” (Psalm 46:1).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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