Way back when I was a freshman in college, my theology professor made an observation that still resonates with me today: “If you’ve never had doubt, you don’t really have faith.” This is a song about doubt – not that there actually is a God, but whether he intervenes on the behalf of those petitioning Him. What’s really going on here is the conflict created by free will, as Ronnie Dunn sings a long list of horrible problems being created by men, for the most part, and the frustration that God isn’t stepping in to make sure we make the right choices.
It’s made even more effective by an aside that says if God was listening, “He’d bring you back to me,” which rather than trivializing the much bigger problems mentioned in the song, makes the point that our daily heartaches can feel just as overwhelming as the major ones facing the world – and we can feel just as helpless in the wake of them.
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