THE WHY AND THE WHAT OF SUFFERING
ROMANS 5:2 Calls us to rejoice/exult in hope of the glory of God and in the next breath we are called to rejoice/exult in our tribulations/sufferings. How does that work out in the reality of the day to day world?
We want to know why we are going through the pain mixed fear of cancer. Why are we the one that is being assaulted, fired or divorced?
God is the God of love, peace, mercy and forgiveness and yet we struggle with the why of our suffering.
To be called to rejoice/exult in the mist of the pain is at first glance mockery and at best mechanical.
God has given us the freedom to choose Him and receive His miracle called grace and peace. But the day to day world is filled with evil actions, broken systems and fallen realities that seem to contradict these promises.
Jesus said that we see His truth through a dirty pane of glass. This fogged window is often the cause for the struggle between the two realities. We need to filter our why question through the reality of the evil that entangles us in this world. Each day God gives us we wake up in a spiritual war.
Ephesians 2:2-3, 6:12 and John 16:33 are just a starting point to understand the darkness of the world were we now live.
The outgrowth of that battle is suffering, and tribulation mixed with the victory we have in Jesus. The World and its fallen nature, the unredeemed flesh filled with its sinful appetites and the attacks of the evil one and his demons paint the picture of life here and now. This harsh reality is the root cause of the suffering we experience as we live out Gods plan here on earth.
There is a better way. Lets ask the What question rather than the Why. The answer to the what now question is well constructed in Romans 5:3-4.
As we walk through the tough stuff of life and surrender to our savior Jesus we will see our nature and belief mature in a process of perseverance, proven character and hope in the Lord Jesus.
If your life is in deep water, try asking the what question and its next step choices. You may find the peace of God at the center of that answer.
Your brother in Christ