030804 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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From Suffering to Glory
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
If there is one thing that I find difficult to understand it is the moment when heretofore devout Christian folk come up against previously unimagined suffering in their lives, they suddenly ask the question, as Philip Yancey entitled his book, “If God is God then, Why?” Or, they become even more angry and as God where were you when I needed you, Where’s your compassion?
There are any number of answers to that question. First, God’s ways and plans are higher than we can know. (Isaiah 55:9) Second, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 8:23) So, why should He even show us His favor?” Third, and importantly in the case of the loss of a loved one, “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27) Fourth, and even more confusing to most people, God, because He is Holy will not necessarily intervene in our circumstances and because of this we mistake a seeming lack of compassion of God with our desire for rescue. Compassion means in the most literal sense, “with suffering”. That is to say that God feels our every hurt and loves us even more deeply in our suffering and grief because He understands full well the pain of having to stand by and watch while His beloved suffered and was crucified. (Isaiah 57:1)