A common objection I hear from people struggling with the idea of trusting God is that He can’t be good because of all the evil He allows to happen. Often times this lack of trust is rooted deeper in personal tragedy or the loss of a loved one.
Put yourself in the shoes of an innocent six-year-old boy who loses his mother to cancer. In the midst of this boy’s pain and confusion, his dad or another relative searches helplessly for some sliver of understanding to give to his little broken heart. Crushed by the weight of grief themselves they seek to ease the pain by finding some higher “meaning” behind the sudden tragedy.
Scrambling for answers and in efforts to ease the pain, they ascribe the sudden loss to God, citing religious niceties like, “God is in control” and “all things happen for a reason.” Though it seems right, the result is a little boy who rightfully begins to believe that God is the author of cancer and death and that in any moment He sees fit He will usher people into the grave. For again he heard, “His ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.” This leads him to believe that following God can and will at any moment result in some tragedy falling upon him or his loved ones.