by Richard L. Burguet •
There are some things you ought to know before you read my contribution to Healthy Living this month. First, you need to know I am a pastor. I view life and write from that perspective. That is important to know because when I encounter friends and acquaintances who are wrestling with hard things that come into all of our lives, I respond from that point of view. As I have experienced life, I have become more and more persuaded that there is only one reliable and true answer. That answer is found in a genuine and living relationship with Jesus Christ.
With that presupposition behind my words, I can offer true hope, empathy, and sympathy in the midst of life’s biggest traumas, as well as on the occasions when the little things tear at us. The most important thing everyone needs to realize is if God is truly God (and He is!), then He is not out of control. He is not sitting in heaven wringing His hands over what is going on in your life or mine. It is not because He is distant and uncaring, but rather it is the exact opposite. God cares about you and knows you as an individual. He knows you by name and knows your heart. Therefore, to comfort those in crisis, one of the most important things you and I can do is to remind them that God is sovereign and has a purpose behind the struggle.