Saturday, March 3

He loves us so much

As a friend, this has been a rough couple of weeks.  I have watched as people I care about have suffered and my heart breaks for them.  There is a lot about this world I do not understand, but I take comfort in knowing that God does.  Where many people would be angry that God "allows" suffering in this world, I look to what He says in His word....He loves us so much.  Because we live in a fallen world of free will, sin, suffering, and sadness happens.  God doesn't like it, believe me. 
Once Adam and Eve fell to sin in the garden, God knew what would happen to the world He created.  It would no longer be beautiful and would be hard and full of sin, hatred, and suffering.  He loves us so much, that He put a time limit on each human's life to spare us from enduring more out of this difficult world than we could bare.  He loves us so much that he allowed His only, beloved son to come to this world that He knew was hard, and He watched as His son was rejected, ridiculed, tortured, tormented, and killed by His own creation.  My oldest son is 4 years old.  I don't know how it would be possible for me to stand by and watch my son grow, waiting for the day he would face being spit at, mocked and ridiculed in front of thousands.  I don't believe I could watch from a far as he was beaten, lashed with strips of spiked leather, stabbed on his face and head by a crown made of inch long thorns, speared in the side, nailed through his hands and the top bones of his feet, and then hung to die.  I love my son so much, and I think I would die myself before I could endure his suffering.  That is exactly how much Jesus loves us.  That is why Jesus did it, and that is why God allowed it.  Jesus would rather die Himself and take away our sin, than watch us suffer alone, separated from God.  He loves us so much, that now, because of what He did, we can call out to Him in our own suffering and He is waiting to give us peace that surpasses all possible understanding.  He loves us so much that He is holding out his right hand, to hold us up when we can't take anymore (Isaiah 41:13).
It is my hope that when someone I love faces suffering in a way that is heart-breaking, they will look for comfort from the one who died for them.  He doesn't allow purposeless suffering, the suffering of His children ALWAYS has a purpose.  Look to Jesus and the cross and the great purpose it held.  He knows its hard for us and he wants us to know His insurmountable, unfailing, and unconditional love for us.  We do not have to face this world alone, we are no longer separated from our heavenly father.  We can call out to Him and He will hear our prayers.  Take heart, He loves you so much. 

 "Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me, your rod and your staff reassure me." Ps 23:4

"And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

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