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MAX LUCADO
On God, Overcoming Suffering, and Syria

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post

  Max Lucado, bestselling author and preaching minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, has said that ultimately even the greatest human tragedies are used by God in his latest book You'll Get Through This.

  Lucado's books have been featured on every major national bestseller list, and he was named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. He served with his wife as a missionary in Brazil before beginning his career as a minister at Oak Hills Church in 1988. His 30th trade book, You'll Get Through This, released in September, examines how people can turn to God in times of intense personal suffering and conflicts.

  Below is an edited transcript of Lucado's interview with The Christian Post regarding You'll Get Through This.

CP: Why release a book about coping with human suffering now?

  Lucado: I think it's always a good time to release a book about human suffering. If we're not facing a challenge, we've just come out of a challenge, or we're about to go into one. But that said, this is a unique time. It seems like we've just come out of one societal concern, and then we head into another. If it's not the economy, it's the concern about another war, it's concern about another international conflict. It seems like, whether it's true or not, we just seem to have more worldwide troubles.

  I think because of the media, we're aware of what's happening around us more than any other generation, and consequently people have to deal with fears that perhaps they would have been protected from years ago. There's this fear – "will I get through this, am I going to meet the catastrophe of our generation?" so I think it is a good time for us to be talking about God's ability to get us through all the tough times in our lives.

CP: What does the story of Jesus Christ offer people who are struggling with suffering that no other story or religion can?

  Lucado: No other story or religion dares to suggest that God became flesh and walked among us, in the sense that he felt suffering himself. No other religion or philosophy suggests a God who cares so personally and deeply that He would cry out like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane: "This is not what I want. Can you take it away from me?" Well that's a prayer for somebody who's trying to get through a tough time. And so we have a God presented in the Bible who understands us, who went through what we're going through, and when we say "I can't get through this," he understands that, and he can give personal and immediate help.

CP: Is human suffering the hardest subject
to write on?

  Lucado: If it's not, I don't know what is. I do know that struggles over human suffering cause more crises of faith than anything else. When things do not turn out as we had hoped, that creates a crisis of whether we believe in God or not, or at least whether we believe in God's ability or God's concern. So it may be the hardest topic. There might be more complex topics, in terms of understanding prophecy or disentangling a certain doctrine, or rightly teaching how a book was written, but as far as something that goes deep in a person's heart, I think that's a good observation, that the topic of human suffering might be the most difficult.

CP: What makes some people lose their faith in times of personal tragedies, for example
losing a child, while others turn to church
for comfort?

  Lucado: It all has to do with the problem of unmet expectations. We all have expectations of God, whether we acknowledge it or not, or know it or not. 'If God is God, then 9/11 will never happen. If God is God, then I will never have to bury my children. If God is God, then I'll lead a good life, I will always have a job.' We don't say it like that, but deep within us we all have these expectations of God.

  And so when we pass through a tough time, we are disappointed in Him. We feel like He has let us down. So we have to work that through. And I think that the working through is a real important part of the process. That includes some honest prayer, that includes visiting with people who have gone through similar things, that includes turning to God's word and letting God's word trump our own emotions. There are some real practical things that we can do to help us get through that. But I think it's difficult, and sometimes it takes a while. But God always gets us through it.

CP: In the last chapter you offer the sequence evil – God – good, and you provide countless of examples throughout the book of how God always triumphs over evil. But when confronted with something as extreme as the recent Syrian chemical weapon attack where over 400 children were killed - is it wise or right for a Christian to wonder "Well how or why can something like that be used for good?"

  Lucado: It's right for us to wonder, and like we've said already, it's the hardest of the questions. Not just the 400 children, but the 150,000 people who have died in the conflict in two and a half years. Any time there's that type of atrocity, any time there's that type of difficulty, we struggle with: "What in the world is happening? Would a good God let this happen?" And that takes us all the way back to the question: "Why is there evil? How did it get here, what purpose does it serve?" In the book, I try to advance the idea that evil happens because free choice is here.

  Free will happens. And the consequences of free will are poor choices. And those poor choices lead to disastrous behavior. And the only way there would be no disastrous behavior on the planet would be if God were to somehow remove our free will. Something He does not want to do.

  But the message of Joseph, which does involve a worldwide crisis, teaches us that God can use something like a famine to actually advance His cause and thwart the devil's activities. So that's really where our hope is. There's never a promise that there won't be disasters and calamities on a worldwide scale, but there is a promise that even the most difficult ones will ultimately be used by God.

CP: In a previous chapter you talk about one of the most fundamental promises in the Bible - that there is a heaven, and there will be no suffering there. What is your advice to believers who are struggling to hold on to that promise?

  Lucado: Every story in the Bible we should say "Why would God include this story?" Like the story of Joseph, or the story of Job, or the story of Daniel, or the story of Abraham, or the story of Mary. Why did these stories get included in the Bible?

  Just about every one of those stories is in the Bible because it is there to help us when we're doubting ourselves. Why is the story of doubting Thomas in the Bible? Well, to teach us that Jesus doesn't kick someone out if they have doubts. Why is the story of Peter in the Bible? Well, to teach us that Jesus does not kick someone out if they deny Him. Why is the story of Joseph in the Bible? Well, I think one reason is to help us learn that there will come a time when we can say good-bye to our good-byes. We do pass through a time of difficulty when we bury somebody. And I sure don't want to make it sound like its easy – but I don't want to take the hope away either. Because this hope is what we hold on to.

  So to somebody who is passing through that, finding it terribly difficult to say good-bye to someone - talk to God. Let Him know how hard it is. Come clean with your hurt. It's ok. And trust that little by little, tomorrow will come, tomorrow will be easier than today, and in time, there will be some strength that you didn't know you had.


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Max Lucado:
You'll Get Through This

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  GETTING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES

  In his 30 years of being a pastor, Max Lucado has helped people through tough times.  He says he wished he had a book that would have helped those people he ministered to.  He wrote his latest book, You’ll Get Through This, to help people through tough times and to fight despair.  Max says despair is the enemy.  It opens the door to the devil. When we get to the point of no hope that is where we make bad decisions. It is hope that will help us get through our tough times.  
  We’re all going through something.  For example, Max’s son-in-law’s father’s had a tumor came back which he had been battling for years.  When something like that happens, people often wonder why do they have to go through these things and it is hard to stay hopeful.  God gets us through tough times, but it’s not easy.  God doesn’t create evil but can use it for His character development in us and His best for our lives.

THE STORY OF JOSEPH

 In the book, Max uses the story of one his biblical heroes, Joseph from the book of Genesis.  Joseph was the favorite son of his father, Jacob.  His half-brothers were jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery to some foreign traders.  The foreign traders eventually sold him to an affluent Egyptian, Potiphar.  Joseph was favored by Potiphar and became his attendant.  Under Joseph’s management, Potiphar’s house prospered. 
   Potiphar’s wife noticed Joseph and asked him to sleep with her.  Joseph refused, but Potiphar’s wife accused him falsely of attacking her.  Because of this Joseph ended up in prison.  Joseph found favor in prison and was put in charge of the other prisoners. 
  One day, the Pharaoh of Egypt’s cupbearer and baker were jailed and put in Joseph’s care.  The following morning they both had dreams which Joseph interpreted.  The dream of the cupbearer showed that he would live and return to serve Pharaoh, while the baker’s dream indicated he would be put to death in three days.  Joseph’s prophecies came true.  The cupbearer promised Joseph he would tell Pharaoh about Joseph.  Unfortunately, the cupbearer forgot his promise.             

  Some time had passed, but little did Joseph know his life was about to change.  Pharaoh had dreams that disturbed him.  The cupbearer remembered Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams, and Joseph was summoned to Pharaoh. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams that indicated seven years of good crops then seven years of famine for Egypt.  After that, Pharaoh made Joseph the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in command under Pharaoh to prepare for the famine. 
  The years went by. The times of prosperity and famine came, just as God showed Joseph through Pharaoh’s dreams.  Because Egypt had an abundance of food stored, people from everywhere came to buy grain.  One day, Joseph noticed that the same brothers who sold him into slavery many years before came to Egypt to purchase food.  They did not recognize him.  Joseph used this opportunity to show his brothers that he forgave them. 
  Eventually, he was reunited with his father Jacob, their families were saved from the famine, and their descendants ultimately went on to form the nation of Israel

  What we learn from the story of Joseph is that he was able to endure one challenge after another.  He survived and thrived before coming to the position of honor that God had for him.   His story inspired Max to find out what Joseph knew and study what he did to get through his trials.

ALONE BUT NOT ALL ALONE

  An important lesson we can learn from the story of Joseph is that we are alone but not all alone.  He succeeded because God was with him.  He learned to “look higher” to God and rely on Him instead of his circumstances.  Here are four practical key things to remember:

  "Lay claim to the nearness of God – Remember there are many promises in the Bible where God says He is always with us and will never leave us.  We may lose the sense of His Presence but He is always there.  It is important to know that God is near no matter what our mood or circumstance.

  "Cling to his character – Make a list from the Bible of the deep qualities of God and instill them in your heart.  Max has a list of qualities that he clings to: “He is still sovereign.  He still knows my name.   The death of Jesus still saves souls. God is still faithful.  He is not caught off guard.  He uses everything for His glory and my ultimate good.  Sorrow my come with the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

  "Pray your pain out – It’s time for tenacious, honest prayers.   No matter what you’re feeling towards God,let Him know it and have it.  Your words may seem empty and hollow at first.  You may mumble or fumble your first thoughts. Don’t quit and don’t hide.  The book of Lamentations is an example of the prophet Jeremiah’s raw prayers to God.

  "Lean on God’s people – Max says tough times are no times to be a hermit.  God’s people purvey His Presence.  For example, years ago Max’s wife Denalyn battled depression.  One Sunday, she decided to be honest with people at church when they would ask how she was doing.  Brief hellos became times of her depression to that Sunday where she found God’s Presence amid God’s people.

THE SURVIVOR’S CREED

  When going through these tough times, Max has a creed that encourages and instructs:

You will get through this.
It won’t be painless.
It won’t be quick.
But God will use this mess for good.
Don’t be foolish or naïve.
But don’t despair either.
With God’s help, you’ll get through this.

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