"I want to believe, I want to have hope, but . . ." Pastor and
bestselling author Craig Groeschel hears these words often and has asked
them himself. We want to know God, feel his presence, and trust that he
hears our prayers, but in the midst of great pain, we may wonder if he
really cares about us. Even when we have both hope and hurt, sometimes
it's the hurt that shouts the loudest. Can God be good when life is not?
In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel
explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to
Jesus, saying, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" In the man’s sincere
plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man's battle-scarred heart. He
healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness
that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.
Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of
his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own
deepest pain: "Where was God when I was being abused?" "Why was my child
born with a disability?" "Why did the cancer come back?" "Why are all
my friends married and I’m alone?" He invites us to wrestle with such
questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.
the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of
understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming
reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in
the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even