“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Often, I can’t find the words to speak when people ask me how their could possible be a God when there’s suffering in the world. My initial response is to go on and on about the fact that without options and “free will” the world as we know it would be a perfect place. That if everything was fair and we actually were judged for the sins we committed and are continuously making, we would all be entitled to eternal desolation. Yet, the fact of the matter is, no matter how many times people say that they want proof, if they actually got it, I doubt anyone would be fully satisfied. What we really want is healing from the pain. To not feel alone in the hard times. To have peace. An answer isn’t going to bring a loved one back from the grave, a cheating spouse back into your arms, an abusive father on his knees repenting, or even a rapist begging you for forgiveness for what he did to you. No, all an answer will do is make us face the reality of the world and that pain is ultimately, “meant to be felt.” However, God doesn’t promise us an easy future but He does promise to be with us through it, to never leave us nor forsake us. News flash, Jesus had to go through the same problems we face on a day to day journey. He’s not chilling in Heaven telling us to be perfect and spiritual. Rather, He meets us where we’re at. Who better to understand what we’ve been through, than the One that already knows where we’ll be? Who let the people of this world murderously kill him? My point is:
God is not punishing you.
When bad things happen we tend to assume it must be because we’re not right with God so he’s punishing us for our actions. Rather, He assures us that he, “heals the broken-hearted/and binds up their wounds.” Therefore, even though there isn’t a clear answer as to why these things happen, we can be assured that it isn’t because He doesn’t love us. Part of being in this world is feeling pain, disappointment, and hurt. I can’t tell you why some people go through more things than others, all I can do is reassure you that none of those things are God’s doing because His love is too potent. He got too involved the day He brutally died on a cross, to be the reason for all this pain. Therefore, we are called to do the same. To get involved. To listen. To care. To sit for hours alongside someone who is hurting just because God has called us to love that person. Most of the time, for me when I’m really hurting I just need my family and friends to be there for me. Not necessarily to “fix” the problem but just be the support that let’s me know they care and that they’re there for me. Wake up Christians. Quoting scripture to heathens doesn’t make us righteous. Getting to know our Father and be redeemed through him is the only way for redemption. God never said it was going to be easy and frankly I’d be a little afraid for you if it has been. Because no one tested their faith of walking through fire by standing outside the flames. It says that not one of us is righteous, not one is actually worthy of redemption. Yet, He throws all our mistakes away and asks us to come close to Him because He just wants to be with us. To know us. So, that we might fulfill our calling and be in His will. Ultimately, my point isn’t to judge anyone, rather to tell you there is a God that loves us unconditionally. That doesn’t want you to carry around the weight of this world because He cares for you. To love one another as Christ loves us. Not just quote a prayer of redemption but get to know why someone is hurting and love them regardless of their actions.
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