Spiritual Practice


Angela Banks & Doug Rose

Many times when I was hurt or disappointed, I asked, “Why?” Sometimes I wondered if God was punishing me or if God simply did not care about me. Was I being tested? Was God trying to show me something? I even wondered if God was able to help me. I searched for answers in books and from other people.

“I am with you,” declares the Lord.
Haggai 1:13b (NIV) 

The only answer that makes sense is “I don’t know.” I don’t know why bad things happen to good people or why people get away with evil. I don’t know why God allows evil in the world. I don’t know why our lives are not as they should be. I just don’t know.

But when I am going through a difficult time and I’m asking these kinds of questions, I eventually come around to what I do know. I do know that no matter what evil is in the world, God is good and powerful. And I do know that no matter what trials I face, God is always with me.

—Angela Banks



Why me, Lord?
Why all this suffering?
I am only human,
trying to do my best.
Why me, Lord?

Why you, Lord?
Crucified at Calvary,
perfection personified—
yet you suffered for me.
Now I understand just why.

—Doug Rose

—from devozine (March/April 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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