This title, “The Question That Never Goes Away” is a book written by Philip Yancey.  He is a very insightful writer.  I recommend this book and others that he has written.  I want to share some thoughts from this book concerning suffering, evil.

Like Job, we repeat the question, “Why do the righteous suffer?”  Why such things as the killing in Charleston, South Carolina? What is wrong with us?  What kind of society have we helped create that such evil happens too often?  We join the blame game: blaming guns, media, movies, video games, judges, banning of Bible reading and prayer from public places and on and on.  One thing I believe for sure is that this is none of God’s doings.  God does not cause but allows such wickedness.  He allows it because we, or others, choose it  God took the risk and has given us free will, choice.  We are free and therefore responsible for both the beauty and the suffering we help make.  We help fashion the nature of our world with the choices we make.

We seek answers to what in our culture that must change and the answer comes thundering back, “PEOPLE MUST CHANGE.”   The only antidote to the wickedness around us is to live differently from this moment on.  To live like God taught us and showed us through His Son, Jesus.
God shared in our suffering as He gave His Son to forgive us and to heal us. We live in hope that one day everything will be changed.  Until then, we cling to the promise that the God of all comfort has not abandoned us but continues a slow and steady work to restore what evil and death have spoiled.

We trust God in His promise to give us a new home; a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.  We live by faith and not by sight.
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

We must stay in the Redemption Story, only then will we live happily ever after.



  1. Max , this has been a Bitter ,Sweet day ! What a wonderful message God gave you to share with the church . All about God’s Promises. Then the reading of our resignation and now this Devotional ! God is using us both ,and I know He will continue to use us in Christian City !

    Lone and Prayers, Joann

  2. Max & Joann….wishing you health, happiness and enjoyment of life at your new quarters….don/wilma

  3. I like this devotional. Definitely, people needs to change. This will be the answer to so many people. Change and change to the ways of Jesus Christ.

  4. Dear Uncle Max and Joann….I got up this morning and wish I could be at First Christian Church to hear you preach. Thank you for the Devotional “The Question That Never Goes Away” On our way to Florida we would like to stop and see the two of you.

    Love always, Diane and Bob

  5. Max, once again a choice devotional thought. I have mixed emotions about your announcement. Happy for you and Joann but sad for First Christian. Your departure will create quite a huge vacancy. Your shoes will be hard to fill. Not unfillible but hard. You do so much good for the saints there. God bless you both as you transition to Georgia. I’m thankful that I will be able to keep in touch through your weekly devotional series.

  6. No move is ever easy or without stress so I am sending you and Joann prayers for the move. God just keeps providing you with new places to preach His word. I know you both will be a blessing at your new place. God bless you both.

  7. You know Bill and I love you both, and it was so good to see you at Lakewood I know that you both hate to leave Fla.. But I’m sure that God has something
    special for the two of you in Christian City.When will ya’ll be moving?
    God Bless you
    Bill and Vickie Moody

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