(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.20.13)
Bali Maharaja had that mood, “Whatever may come, I will accept it as the mercy of the Lord and I will remain faithful in service to him.” So that is our saving grace. That is the bottom line and that bottom line is really our bottom line. Whatever may come, whatever it is – things that can happen in the material world can be really intense – but whatever may come, it will not shake my faith in the Lord and it will not shake my dedication.
These two things – when something heavy happens, dedication may remain but faith can be shaken.
“Is the Lord really merciful? Is he kind? Is he cruel? Then is it all true, is there really a God above? But how can the God above act in such a way that he is the cause of so much suffering? It cannot be. Is there ever a God at all? Then is this whole thing true actually?”
No, the Lord is all-good!