God has spoken. The methods He has used to speak may have changed over time, but His message remains the same: He is love. His love flowed like a river through the pages of the Old Testament. It overflowed into the New Testament, and its tide extends to the present.

But if God is love, then why does He allow horrible tragedies? Isn’t that a contradiction? The cashier at a popular convenience store once told me about a terrible accident which happened just outside the parking lot of his store. A young woman was crossing the main road with her friend when she dropped her mobile phone. She tried to find it in the dark and was hit by a driver who didn’t see her. A short time later, she died in the hospital. How could a loving God allow such a tragedy?

I don’t fully understand why bad things happen. But I know it’s not at all inconsistent with God’s character to allow them. Though the noise of tragedies and crises around us often distracts us from hearing His voice, He is yet speaking. The cross provides evidence affirming the truth of Christ’s words, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

You might find yourself in the middle of a heartrending crisis which is severely testing your faith. Perhaps one of your grandparents is in critical condition at the hospital and awaiting further diagnosis. Maybe one of your children just experienced a difficulty.  You can take comfort in God. He has spoken, and He said that He loves you through it all. His words are more than mere talk—they’re a message of hope.

Jesus did not come to make God’s love possible, but to make God’s love visible. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.