Something far more profound than your suffering defines God’s plan for your life.
Does God love me, does he not? Is he watching, is he distracted? If God exists and is good, then why does the world hurt? Why am I in pain? Why did my loved one die?
Our questions are legitimate and deserve an answer. However, will we accept the truth or fight it? Saying, “I do not like the answer so I reject it,” is the same as if we had not asked the question. It keeps us stuck in our heads, still married to what we imagine should have been.
The answer is that beauty comes from ashes. Yes God loves you with an unending love. He knows what you are going through and hears your prayers. God is indeed sovereign, and while people are fond of saying life is short, it is not. What happens here in our 100 or less years is an imperceptible blink in the light of eternity.
Do you think that in one thousand years you will still be in pain? Will you remember the losses? How about ten thousand years, or one million? Our suffering, if we will accept the challenge, is a chance to bring God glory and make a difference in the lives of others now.
Jesus gave up his life – twice in a way. The first was when he gave up heaven and took on the likeness of a human baby. He fully embraced suffering for the sake of everyone who will believe on him as the way to God and heaven.
We do not have the power to save our loved ones or the world. We can, in our pain or sorrow, continue to believe God loves us, wants us, and has made a way for us to be with him forever. This Christmas and always, we can pass that hope to others who suffer. – COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
Luke 2:16-20 NIV
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
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