Many of us take God for granted. Back in the days when work crews marked their construction sites with burning smudge pots, a man’s four-year-old daughter, Sarah, wandered too close to one of the pots. Her pants caught fire and her legs were badly burned.

Several years later, Sarah’s third grade teacher asked the students in her class, “If you could have one wish, what would it be?”

Sarah wrote, “I want everyone to have legs like mine.”

Even at Sarah’s young age, she wanted others to be able to understand the way she felt so she wouldn’t have to suffer alone. I’m sure we would respond in the same way if we went through this hardship so early in life — and this is often what we do. In the midst of our pain we reach out to friends and family, hoping someone will understand the way we feel. Unfortunately, no matter how much our loved ones try to help us, they can’t fully grasp the extent of our pain and suffering. God can. The Bible says, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15.

If God died, we wouldn’t have anyone who fully understood our pain and suffering. We would often be forced to bear our grief and sorrow alone. But I’ve got news for you: God’s not dead. He is still there to help you in your times of need. There is no family situation, health condition, relationship conflict, or trial in which He will not be present to see you through. You can trust Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder