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April 01, 2008

Where Is God When It Hurts?

Our church pastor delivered a great message last Sunday about an inspiring story that was in the Washington Post last Easter Sunday (and recently in our daily roundup). It’s about husband and wife Denny and Diana Glusko overcoming together great physical and emotional pain caused by a car accident that left Diana severely paralyzed and Denny completely unscratched.

Despite Diana’s severe injuries, her survival from the accident was a miracle, and through it all, the Gluskos firmly trusted Jesus Christ that no matter what the outcome, good or bad, God would still be glorified. Other people were inspired by their faith. Their daughter said, "I don't understand why God would allow this to happen to her…they not only wore it [their faith in God] easily when life was good but even when life turned on them." This is a great display of how we Christians should respond to our own trials. Commonly, we get stuck asking God “Where are you?" during our times of great pain, when in fact God has always been with us all along the way.

Through our suffering God teaches us His trustworthiness, He comforts us so we can learn to comfort others, and he uses our pain so we can point others to Him (2 Cor 1:1-11). It’s all how we perceive our circumstances. Our view of God during trials determines our response to our suffering. Whether we respond our way or God’s way, our response will help shape the outcome of our trials. Billy Graham once said, “When you come to the end of yourself, you come to the beginning of God.” How will you respond?

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It's quite tragic to see how some people (in the comments section to the article) respond to this couple's Christ-like response to pain.

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