I met a fellow today who wondered why God was allowing him to go through what he was going through. I listened as he shared his story and did my best to offer words of hope and comfort. My words were not profound or even life-changing. More than anything this fellow needed someone to talk to and listen to him.
Earlier this morning Rhonda and I read the story of Stephen from Acts 7. After being falsely accused by some “religious leaders,” Stephen preached to them and encouraged them to repent of their sins. The men were so outraged at what they heard that they shook their fists at him and put their hands over their ears before dragging Stephen outside the city and stoning him to death.
Being stoned to death by an angry mob, in my humble opinion, was not very fair. If I had been the one who was being pelted by large stones, I might have called out to God and shouted, “Why me?!?”
But Stephen was a bigger man. Just before he died he fell to his knees and shouted, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” (Acts 7:60). He did not question God.
Sometimes life is not fair. And when life is not fair it is okay to talk to God about it. Many of the Psalms are cries of help. In Psalm 77 Asaph cried out to the Lord when he felt that God had abandoned him. David once shouted out to God, “I have done nothing wrong, yet they prepare to attack me. Wake up! See what is happening and help me!” (Psalm 59:4). And in Psalm 43 the psalmist asked, “Why have you tossed me aside? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?”
Very few of us are like Stephen! The next time you feel God has let you down, talk to him. Share your feelings, thoughts, and frustrations. He will not get angry or shoot a lighting bolt at you. He will listen to every word you say and then gently whispers in your ear that He is still the God whose love for you has not changed or wavered. The Lord has your back!