Have you ever said something like, "I want to believe, I want to have hope, but..."
Craig Groeschel, bestselling author and Life.church pastor, hears those words quite a bit. He has even asked them himself. We have a longing to know God, feel His presence, and trust that He hears our prayers. In the middle of our pain, we may wonder if he really cares about us at all. When we hold the competing interests of hope and hurt, it is often the hurt that cries out the loudest, overpowering the hope. We are left to wonder if God can be good when life is not.
In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel examines the account of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus and said, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" Jesus heard the inner conflict as the man gave voice to both his hope and his hurt. He not only healed the boy, but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had once consumed him. He can do the same for us today.
As Groeschel opens up about the pain surrounding the health challenges of his daughter, he also confronts the questions we may be asking during our darkest moments:
- Where was God when I was being abused?
- Why was my child born with a disability?
- Why did the cancer come back?
- Why are all my friends married and I'm alone?
Pastor Craig invites you to wrestle with your questions as you ask God to honor your faith and heal your unbelief.
When you are dealing with profound pain, you are searching for authentic words of hope and understanding. When you face a harsh reality, you want to know if you can still believe God is good. Renew your faith in the character, power, and presence of God.