On Suffering

“No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still; with Jesus,
even in our darkest moments the best remains, and the very best is yet to be.”

Corrie Ten Boom

Greetings dear family of our beloved Saviour Jesus Christ, May the Divine Light of the Holy Spirit grant you faith to trust always in God’s supreme goodness and mercy. Amen

The world had seen some terrible suffering after the Tsunami of 2004, one earthquake had caused so much destruction and loss of life. I have heard more than once the question: “Where was God when this happened?” I think you will hear this question more from non-believers than from those with faith. It is strange that people don’t want to believe in God’s goodness and mercy, but will jump very quickly to accuse Him of wrong doing – a bit like when He walked among us don’t you think? Another expression I have heard is, “Act of God”.

I don’t believe that the Tsunami was an “act of God” so much as an act of nature. God created a world of harmony and order, but the corporate nature of human sin has had an effect on this creation so that it no longer works in a way that God intended it to. The result off this (the fall) is a world full of disaster, corruption, disease and lack of harmony. So we cannot blame God for this, but ourselves, and all the daily sins that mankind still commits today that have an effect on our world. God, on the other hand, sent His Son Jesus to restore order and bring about a new world, a world free from this corruption. Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

Jesus promises to write all wrongs, saying blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted and the Bible tells us that all will be well in the end with God wiping away every tear and putting and end to suffering for good!
As to the question, “Where was God?” Well, I saw Him very clearly: I saw the Father’s love go out to millions through aid workers and charities; I saw His spirit go out in prayer and I saw Jesus crucified in every suffering soul. “No pit is so deep that he is not deeper still.” Where was God? God was everywhere we needed Him to be! “With Jesus, even in our darkest moments the best remains, and the very best is yet to be.”

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for always being with us in our times of trial. We thank You for delivering us from the consequences of our terrible sins through the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. We thank You for the promise of eternal Paradise. Amen

Words of hope and comfort given by Jesus to Blessed Julian of Norwich

“Suddenly you shall be taken from all your pain, form all your sickness, from all your discomfort and from all your sorrow. You shall come up above and you shall have Me for your reward. And you shall be filled to the brim with love and joy. And you shall have no more pain, no more unhappiness, no lack of what you long for, but you shall always have joy and bliss without end. Why should it grieve you to suffer awhile seeing it is My will and to My glory?”

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