Believing that God is still good when we face heartbreaking and difficult times.
During a forum at a church in Texas over the weekend Pastor Tony Evans sat down with his adult children to talk honestly and biblically about the recent death of his 38 year old niece, Wynter Pitts. She was an author, blogger and the founder of the popular faith-based magazine, "For Girls Like You."
Since her death was premature and unexpected, Jonathan Evans asked his father to also share his take on the goodness of God in light of the tragedy.
"The goodness of God is all around us," Tony Evans assured.
"It only comes into question when bad things happen. You take away the bad things, we were celebrating with Jonathan Pitts and his family, the goodness of God as a family. We were celebrating that and then this happens. So now the questions come. But what about all those other days when there were no questions when we were laughing and celebrating? So you have to put the badness of a situation against the history of God's goodness."
He added: "You gotta have the right theology of death. Cause if you don't, death is only a negative. When in God's economy, it's not only a negative. In God's economy, he makes an astounding statement. He says, 'Blessed is the Lord with the death of his saints.' That is, he is excited to have Wynter with him. Now, we're not because of what was lost. But he's excited to have Wynter with him."
So many powerful insights there.
Follower of Jesus... you have a story too.
The heartbreak, the disappointment, the tragedy.
How have you been able to continue believing that God is still good?
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.