Day 21: Friday, October 21, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 21

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ~ Romans 8:18

 

            On my shelf is a little book that asks a big question. It is titled “Does God Care When We Suffer?” and was written by Randy Becton. Randy is a cancer survivor who has spent much of his life ministering to people with terminal illnesses. Randy writes:

  • Of the hard “why” questions, “why is there suffering?” may be the hardest. This is probably because it not only attacks us personally, but also because whenever the question is raised, the question of God’s part in suffering follows dose behind… We are desperate for the meaning behind all this. We seek someone to blame or deliver us, and that always leads to our view of God.

For many, the problem of suffering is perhaps their single greatest obstacle to putting their faith in God. How could a loving and powerful God sit back and watch while people suffer? David cries out to God in his distress. “Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak…I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me?” (Psalm 6:2-3).

Doesn’t God care when we suffer? Of course he does. Then why doesn’t he do something about it? He did. Becton sums it up this way:

  • The answer is the cross of Jesus Christ…. From now on all human suffering must be understood in the light of his suffering it is the source of meaning, hope, and new life for sufferers. When someone cries out, “He doesn’t care. He’s immune to pain,” they are brought to the foot of the cross to see for themselves…. The cross and resurrection hold the key to the mystery of suffering.”

On the cross, Jesus settled the question of suffering once and for all. It was at Calvary that our Savior “broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life” (2 Timothy 1:10). His death and resurrection ushered in a new day of hope and life for all believers. And with it, he brought about the end of all suffering for those who would put their faith in him. Until Jesus comes, pain will always be a part of life on earth. But the glory awaiting us in heaven far outweighs the afflictions of the day.

 

Daily Readings:

  • Psalms 6:2-3
  • Mark 8:31
  • Romans 8:17-18
  • 1 Peter 4:12-14
John McSharry

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