"But some of them said, 'Could not he who opened
the eyes of the blind man have kept this
man from dying?'"
The question following Jesus’ weeping at Lazarus’s death is an honest one and one we’ve all asked. Why? Why, Lord, did that son and friend of the church have to drown in a creek? Why did our newly married friend lose his wife and unborn child in a car accident? Why did our church-family couple suffer the suicide of an adopted child, the car-accident death of a biological child, and the unexpected death of a sister – all in a year’s time? There are so many unanswered gut-wrenching, heart-breaking questions in this life.
So we have to rest on what we do know: God intended good for us in His creation; we participated in the sin that brought suffering upon this world; Jesus became man and took God’s just judgment of us and our sin upon Himself; and one day, we will pass through death and live eternally in His presence as we were designed to.
God is sovereign. He is sitting upon His throne, doing all things – even the hard things – for our ultimate good and
WE ARE NOT GOD AND DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF EVENTS. BUT GOD DOES, AND WE CAN TRUST IN HIS PROVIDENCE, EVEN IN DEEP GRIEF.