Speaking of God with us in suffering

October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

“God’s chief concern in your suffering is to be with you and be himself for you.

The Gospel is not ultimately a defense from pain, it is the message of God’s rescue through pain. In fact, it allows us to drop our defenses, to escape not from pain but from the prison of “How” and “Why” to the freedom of “Who?”

We are not responsible for finding the right formula to combat or unlock our suffering. The balm of Gilead does not consist of theological assertions or some elaborate religious how-to manual.

The balm is Jesus himself, the man of sorrows, the crucified God who meets us in our grief. Indeed, information, even information about Jesus, is relatively useless when it comes to the aching soul. Only the Holy Spirit can comfort a person in the depths of grief.”

–Tullian Tchividjian


“Ask me how I know there’s a God up in the heaven
(How do you know?)
Where did He go in the middle of her shame
(Where did he go?)
Ask me how I know there’s a God up in the heavens
(How do you know?)
She said His mercy is bringing her life again
She’s coming to life again
He’s in the middle of her pain
In the middle of her shame
Mercy brings life
He’s in the middle
Mercy in the middle”

–Amy Grant


“Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. He was brought into a vivid, personal, overpowering relationship with Jesus Christ.”

–Oswald Chambers


Unfortunately, some Christians…play the “God is sovereign” card as a way to trump every evil that comes your way. “Sure, trouble will come, but don’t cry” says the Sovereignty Card Stoic. “Don’t allow yourself to feel deep, painful emotions. After all, God is in complete control. If you show lack of self-control, you must not be living in faith.”

Instead, in our deepest places of pain and suffering, there is an invitation of grace.

…God is not interested in what you think you should be or feel…He is interested in you, the you who suffers, the you who inflicts suffering on others, the you who hides, the you who has bad days (and good ones). And He meets you where you are. Jesus is not man at the top of the stairs, he is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, the savior.”

–Tullian Tchividjian

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