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Series: Luis Palau | Where is God when Bad Things Happen?

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau” Luis tackles the question, “Where is God when bad things happen?” As you listen, you’ll be comforted to know that God is right there with you when you experience seasons of grief or darkness.

Faith in Every Situation Friday, July 27, 2018

A few years ago, my family and I were flying to Jamaica when our plane had a crash landing. The plane overshot the runway, breaking into pieces a few feet from the sea. Thankfully, all the passengers survived the crash, but let me tell you: it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.  But I can tell you I had peace in the moment because I knew that God was with me.
So that’s a sensational story.  But this type of tragedy plays out usually in the more mundane areas of our life and there’s no news flash, no flashing lights, no ambulances.  It happens in our day to day. Things seem perfectly fine. Then, out of the blue, tragedy can strike. In a thousand ways life can seem like a plane crash. This is when faith is truly a game-changer.

You see, when we put our faith in Jesus we know He is with us; we know for certain that our future is secure with Him. We can respond with courage and hopefulness even in the scariest and saddest of situations.
Grab hold of the call God gave Joshua for yourself. Joshua 1:9, “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I encourage you to lean on God in every situation you encounter, and in doing this you will provide a testimony that people need to witness as they face the realities of the world.

This is Andrew Palau.

Where is God in the Darkness? Thursday, July 26, 2018

Between violence, natural disasters, horrific accidents and terrorism, the world can feel very dark and lonely. Do you remember being afraid of the dark as a kid? Being in the dark is frightening. It is unpredictable. It is often unexpected. It is something that many people are still afraid of.

But have you ever been to a memorial? Among the flowers and photos, there are often candles. Sometimes in places where tragedy has happened, there is a candlelight vigil, where people stand together in the darkness and hold lights. Even at the gravesite of one of our most popular presidents, John F. Kennedy, there is an eternal flame, one that never goes out. We light candles because in the midst of darkness, a single flame can give clarity. It can give hope, warmth, and comfort. It can show that other people are there and we are not alone. It can light the way, showing us how to move forward.

When Jesus was born, He fulfilled a prophecy in Isaiah that said, “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” Jesus brought light to his dark world. As followers of Christ, we too are to be the “light of the world.” In a world that is dark, we must be seen and bring hope and comfort to those living in darkness. What a beautiful challenge that is!                

This is Luis Palau.

Where is God when Things feel out of Control? Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Today, more than ever, it feels like the world is spinning out of control. Between accidents and attacks, disease and despair, it can seem like we are barely holding on. Sometimes it is easy to think that we have no control over our lives at all.

Guess what? We don’t! Humans never have. It has always been this way – an outbreak of cholera could wipe out a whole town. A tornado could level a city. An attacking army could break through the walls and take over.
Maybe this realization is discouraging, but it can also be freeing. We can’t control the chaos around us. But we can know the One who is sovereign over the whole world. God can see the beginning and the end of time, and everything in between. He’s the One who’s in charge of the world; we just live here.

We humans cannot see past the moment we are living in. But God has both an eternal view and a personal view. He says, “I know the plans I have for you – plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope,” in Jeremiah chapter 29. God has plans for us! We do trust that He is all-knowing, and that the future He has planned for us is the best possible future. That doesn’t mean that things will not be difficult, or the world won’t feel out of control. It does mean that we can move through the chaos with confidence in Him. Isn’t that news that should be shared?                

This is Luis Palau.  

Where is God when I am Afraid? Tuesday, July 24, 2018

When you were a little kid, were you ever scared of thunderstorms? In many parts of the country, especially in the summer, the sky turns a grey-green color and the rain begins. The bright flashes of lightning soon light up the sky, followed by the booms of thunder. Sometimes that thunder shakes the whole house. For a little kid, it can seem like the world is ending.

Thunderstorms can be dangerous, particularly if you’re outside. But if you’re inside, away from the rain, they cannot hurt you. Your parents knew that, and they probably gathered you into their arms or let you crawl into bed with them. They knew that it was just a storm, and tomorrow would be sunny again. They could see beyond the thunder and lightning to a better day.

Jesus Himself calmed the stormy seas when He walked here on earth, saying, “Peace, be still.” He said this to the sea, but also to the disciples. In a world filled with terrorist attacks and disease, earthquakes and floods, it is easy to be afraid. The world is scary and unpredictable. “I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” It is my heavenly Father. He knows that tomorrow will be better – even if that tomorrow is a ways away. This is good news worth sharing to all who are frightened – we know the One who can see beyond the storm. We trust that a sunny day is coming, if we are brave and rely on God alone.                    

This is Luis Palau.

Where is God when Bad Things Happen? Monday, July 23, 2018

Listening to the news today often means one sad story after another. Bombings, war, disease, natural disasters – everything seems to be falling apart. Bad things happen to people who are simply living their lives. It is a human response to ask, “Where is God when bad things happen?” It can be hard to see Him when we are in the middle of pain and confusion. Job had the same experience when he lost everything he loved — he couldn’t see God. He said, “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him.”

Yet Job refused to give up, because he knew if he lost his faith, he would really have nothing. About God, Job said, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” Job knew that even if he couldn’t see God, God could see him. God was present.

The same goes for us in today’s dangerous and frightening world. God is always working through His people. Sometimes we can see Him in medical professionals, or those who take in refugees. Or we can see Him in beauty and joy that is present, even when times are tough. We must show others that faith in God means that even when God is hard to see, He is still present with us, and working in us and through us. This should give us hope!                                 

This is Luis Palau.

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Biblical Peace In Turbulent Times

Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times

Luis has given a message titled “Biblical Peace in Turbulent Times” in which he takes us to God’s Word to find strength and help in difficult days.  We would like to send you a free CD copy.

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Reaching Your World: Next Week


On “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau begins the week with sympathy for the lonely, who were especially vulnerable during the time of quarantine. He then takes a thoughtful look at the practice of meditation.  Meditating on the words and ways of God can be of great spiritual value.