025306 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Hebrews 12:4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Christian bookstores and catalogues are rife with various “expert” writings on the answer to human suffering. Throughout the varying slate of ideas lurks the question; Why? The fact of the matter is this. We are here living out our lives in a fallen world in which every aspect of nature and life has been perverted and poisoned by the inbred sin nature of humankind. [Romans 8: 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the eagerly awaiting creation waits for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.]
As if that were not enough, we are born and condemned to death and from the moment when our childhood innocence passes from us, we are alienated from God our Father and subject to His wrath. [Romans 3: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,]
I am in the greatest sympathy for those who suffer. While I know comparatively little of this myself in the light of what I have seen others endure, I have been at the bedside of many dying folk whose faces almost always reflect an understanding at the very last of what is next to come in their lives.