ss_blog_claim=c53e9ec92a7dc61f0c7fbc60e189fc3d The Endless Life's Journey: REASONS TO BELIEVE IN A GOD THAT ALLOWS SUFFERING
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REASONS TO BELIEVE IN A GOD THAT ALLOWS SUFFERING

1. SUFFERING COMES WITH THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE- LOVING PARENTS LONG TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM UNNECESSARY PAIN. BUT WISE PARENTS KNOW THE DANGER OF OVER-PROTECTION. THEY KNOW THAT THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE IS AT THE HEART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, AND THAT A WORLD WITHOUT CHOICE WOULD BE WORSE THAN A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN. WORSE YET WOULD BE A WORLD POPULATED BY PEOPLE WHO COULD MAKE WRONG CHOICES WITHOUT FEELING ANY PAIN. NO ONE IS MORE DANGEROUS THATN THE LIAR, THIEF, OR KILLER WHO DOESN'T FEEL THE HARM HE IS DOING TO HIMSELF AND TO OTHERS.
2. PAIN CAN WARN US OF DANGER- WE HATE PAIN. ESPECIALLY IN THOSE WE LOVE. YET WITHOUT DISCOMFORT, THE SICK WOULD'NT GO TO A DOCTOR. WORN-OUT BODIES WOULD GET NO REST. CRIMINALS WOULD'NT FEAR THE LAW. CHILDREN WOULD LAUGH AT CORRECTION. WITHOUT PANGS OF CONSCIENCE, THE DAILY DISSATISFACTION OF BOREDOM, OR THE EMPTY LONGING FOR SIGNIFICANCE, PEOPLE WHO ARE MADE TO FIND SATISFACTION IN AN ETERNAL FATHERE WOULD SETTLE FOR FAR LESS.
3. SUFFERING REVEALS WHAT IS IN YOUR HEARTS- CAPACITIES FOR LOVE, MERCY, ANGER, ENVY, AND PRIDE CAN LIE DORMANT UNTIL AWAKENED BY CIRCUMSTANCES. STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS OF HEART ARE FOUND NOT WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING OUR WAY BUT WHEN FLAMES OF SUFFERING AND TEMPTATION TEST THE METLE OF OUR CHARACTER. AS GOLD AND SILVER ARE REFINED BY FIRE, AND AS COAL NEEDS TIME AND PRESSURE TO BECOME A DIAMOND, THE HUMAN HEART IS REVEALED AND DEVELOPED BY ENDURING THE PRESSURE AND HEAT OF TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCES. STRENGTH OF CHARACTER IS SHOWN NOT WHEN ALL IS WELL BUT IN THE PRESENCE OF PAIN AND SUFFERING.
4. SUFFERING TAKES US TO THE EDGE OF ETERNITY- IF DEATH IS THE END OF EVERYTHING, THE A LIFE FILLED WITH SUFFERING ISN'T FAIR. BUT IF THE END OF THIS LIFE BRINGS US TO THE THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY, THEN THE MOST FORTUNATE PEOPLE IN THE UNIVERSE ARE THOSE WHO DISCOVER, THROUGH SUFFERING, THAT THIS LIFE IS NOT ALL WE HAVE TO LIVE FOR. THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES AND THEIR ETERNAL GOD THROUGH SUFFERING HAVE NOT WASTED THEIR PAIN. THEY HAVE LET THEIR POVERTY, GRIEF, AND HUNER DRIVE THEM T THE LORD OF ETERNITY.
5. PAIN LOOSENS OUR GRIP ON THIS LIFE- IN TIME, OUR WORK AND OUR OPINIONS ARE SOUGHT LESS AND LESS. OUR BODIES BECOME INCREASINGLY WORSE FOR THE WEAR. JOINTS STIFFEN AND ACHE. EYES GROW DIM. DIGESTION SLOWS. SLEEP BECOMES DIFFICULT. PROBLEMS LOOM LARGER WHILE OPTIONS NARROW. YET, IF DEATH IS NOT THE END BUT THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW DAY, THEN THE CURSE OF OLD AGE IS ALSO A BLESSING. EACH NEW PAIN MAKES THIS WORLD LESS INVITING AND THE NEXT LIFE MORE APPEALLING. INT ITS OWN WAY, PAIN PAVES THE WAY FOR A GRACEFUL DEPARTURE.
6. SUFFERING GIVES OPPORTUNITY TO TRUST GOD- JOB CONCLUDE THAT IF GOD HAD THE POWER AND WISDOM TO CREATE THE UNIVERSE, THERE WAS REASON TO TRUST THAT SAME GOD IN TIMES OF SUFFERING.
7. GOD SUFFERS WITH US IN OUR SUFFERING- NO ONE HAS SUFFERED MORE THAN OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. NO ONE HAS PAID MORE DEARLY FOR THE ALLOWANCE OF SIN INTO THE WORLD. NO ONE HAS SO CONTINUOUSLY GRIEVED OVER THE PAIN OF A RACE GONE BD. NO ONE HAS SUFFERED LIKE THE ONE WHO PAID FOR OUR SIN IN THE CRUCIFIED BODY OF HIS OWN SON. NO ONE HAS SUFFERED MORE THAN THE ONE WHO, WHEN HE STRETCHED OUT HIS ARMS AND DIED, SHOWED US HOW MUCH HE LOVED US. IT IS THIS GOD WHO, IN DRAWING US TO HIMSELF, ASKS US TO TRUST HIM WHEN WE ARE SUFFERING AND WHEN OUR OWN LOVED ONES CRY OUT IN OUR PRESENCE.
8. GOD'S COMFORT IS GREATER THAN OUR SUFFERING- APOSTLE PAUL PLEADED WITH THE LORD TO TAKE AWAY AN UNIDENTIFIED SOURCE OF SUFFERING. BUT THE LORD DECLINE SAYING ' MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS' THEREFORE SAID PAUL ' MOST GLADLY I WILL RATHER BOAST IN MY INFIRMITIES, THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY REST UPONE ME. THEREFORE I TAKE PLEASURE IN INFIRMITIES, IN REPROACHES, IN NEEDS, IN PERSECUTIONS, IN DISTRESSES, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG. PAUL LEARNED THAT HE WOULD RATHER BE WITH CHRIST IN SUFFERING THAN WITHOUT CHRIST IN GOOD HEALTH AND PLEASANT CIRCUMSTANCES.
9. IN TIMES OF CRISIS, WE FIND ONE ANOTHER- NO ONE WOULD CHOOSE PAIN AND SUFFERING. BUT WHEN THERE IS NO CHOICE, THERE REMAINS SOME CONSOLATION. NATURAL DISASTERS AND TIMES OF CRISIS HAVE A AY OF BRINGING US TOGETHER. HURRICANES, FIRES, EARTHQUAKES, RIOTS, ILLNESSES AND ACCIDENS ALL HAVE A WAY OF BRINGING US TO OUR SENSES. SUDDENLY WE REMEMBER OUR WON MORTALITY AND THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS. WE REMEMBER THAT WE DO NEED ONE ANOTHER AND THAT, ABOVE ALL, WE NEED GOD. EACH TIME WE DISCOVER GOD'S COMFORT IN OUR OWN SUFFERING, OUR CAPACITY TO HELP OTHERS IS INCREASED.
10. GOD CAN TURN SUFFERING AROUND FOR OUR GOOD- THIS TRUTH IS BEST SEEN IN THE MANY EXAMPLES IN BIBLE. JOBES SUFFERING WE SEE A MAN WHO NOT ONLY CAME TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD BUT WHO ALSO BECAME A SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PEOPLE IN EVERY GENERATION TO FOLLOW. THROUGH THE REJECTION, BETRAYAL, ENSLAVEMENT, AND WRONGFUL IMPRISONMETN OF A MAN NAMED JOSEPH, WE SEE SOMEONE WHO EVENTUALLY WAS ABLE TO SAY TO THOSE WHO HAD HURT HIM ' YOU MEANT EVIL AGAINST ME, BUT GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD'. WHEN EVERYTHING IN US SCREAMS AT THE HEAVENS FOR ALLOWING SUFFERING, WE HAVE REASON TO LOOK AT THE ETERNAL OUTCOME AND JOY OF JESUS WHO IN HIS OWN SUFFERING ON AN EXECUTIONER'S CROSS CRIED, 'MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?'.

1 comments:

Cil said...

God exist so its either ups and down of life.... let him stay in us. GOd Bless

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