Today’s Scripture: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1¬†John¬†4:8-10

Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Why does God allow evil?” How could he permit the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the genocide of millions of people during the Holocaust, or the staggering death totals of the World Wars? How can He sit back and allow innocent people to be killed by gang violence, school shootings, or even serial killers? If God were love, wouldn’t he stop these things?

We may not know why bad things happen to good people, but we can be sure of one thing: God loves you. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

When we are going through hard times, we have a tendency to doubt God and consider Him cruel or unfair. But what is truly cruel and unfair is the death that Jesus Christ had to die. Our verses today show that His love was manifested when God sent His Son to pay for our sins. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and deserve to spend eternity in Hell. (Romans 6:23a) Jesus was perfect and never sinned so He didn’t deserve to die. He died the most cruel and barbaric way known to man and bore the sins of all mankind on the cross. He paid the price so we could go to Heaven.

No matter what you are going through or have gone through, God loves you. That is why He sent His Son to die for you. I urge you to trust Him today. Knowing God loves us and has provided a way to Heaven can give us real comfort when difficult things happen in our lives.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.