When Troubles Won't Go Away

Artwork for James: Hands-On Christianity

Much of life's music is played in a minor key. Hurts, heartaches, pain, problems, disappointments, discouragements, sickness, suffering, disease, and death pile upon us—and won't go away. This creates within us questions regarding God's justice and life's purpose. Philosophers have attempted to interpret this heavy scene but have failed to bring any measure of relief to man's misery. Entertainment may temporarily dull the edge but offers no permanent answers. Education, travel, occupation and even overt acts of kindness provide little help when we are overwhelmed by troubles. Let's face this issue directly and find comfort as well as answers regarding the knotty problem of persistent, unending troubles.