When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do? -Psalm 11:3
It is a question we have all asked, in many different ways...where is God when it hurts? If God loves me, why does he let bad things happen? Will God always love me? With everything going on, who is in charge? How can anything good come from such sadness?
In his book, For the Tough Times, Max Lucado seeks to answer these questions and give direction on living through these times in our lives. It is a short book, a mere 79 pages, which makes it easy for anyone to read. With his simple style Lucado stirs in stories, scripture and truth in a book that anyone who finds themselves in a challenging time of life, should read.
I found encouragement in the chapter, Good Triumphant, that focused on how God can use challenges in life to accomplish great good. I found wisdom in the chapters, In the Silence God Speaks and In the Storm We Pray, about how sometimes we just need to shut up and listen in the midst of our trials and others we need to pray.
Reading Max Lucado is like sitting down with a friend over lunch; comfortable, easy, profound at times, but don't expect any surprises. I don't read Lucado for great scriptural depth or to learn biblical history, I would read him to find a companion.
The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord sits on his throne in heaven ~Psalm 11:4