Ever so often, we hear a variation of the following questions: “If God loves me, why is this happening?” and “If God loves you, why are you suffering like this?”
It is also a question that we sometimes ask, even if it we do so only in the hidden places of our hearts, not daring to voice it, perhaps out of the fear of being judged by our fellow believers.
However, here is truth: My circumstances, your circumstances, and/or the circumstances of those close to our hearts or that of strangers, are not the proof of God’s love. Christ’s death is.
Hear this truth stated in several translations of Romans 5:7-8, and may it heal our hearts, quiet our anxious spirits, and silence the doubts in our minds:
“7 Very few people will [or Rarely/Scarcely will anyone] die for a ·righteous [just; pious] person. Although perhaps for a good [truly good; noble] person someone might possibly die [ the “righteous” person may be someone who is outwardly religious, while the “good” person is genuinely generous and loving]. 8 But God ·shows [demonstrates; proves] His ·great [ own] love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (Expanded Bible).*
“7 Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. 8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us” (GOD’s WORD Translation).*
“7-8 In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us” (Phillips).*
We may be puzzled and confused about what is happening. We may be broken, devastated, reeling from an event, but what we never are is unloved by our Father.