Prepare for Suffering?
“A faith that leaves us unprepared for suffering is a false faith that deserves to be lost. Suffering will come; we owe it to God, ourselves, and those around us to prepare for it.”
–Randy Alcorn, If God is Good
We live in a world where suffering is not only present, but at times abounds. The tragedies of mass shootings, extreme poverty, human trafficking, rampant disease, and so much more–we have to know the hope in which we trust. Burying our heads in the sand while looking for kindly Grandpa God isn’t going to cut it. If our faith doesn’t have room for our God the Comforter, we will become lost. He doesn’t choose the suffering, but others may choose it for us through their own decisions or actions. What do will we do?
This is one of my favorite verses and reveals that there can be meaning in the suffering if we choose to trust Him through it.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. –2 Corinthians 1:3-4
What is your response to those who say suffering denies God? How do you prepare yourself to deal with your own or others’ suffering?
Whispers and Shouts #26.
…a short burst of inspiration of what God is speaking to me, a prayer, a quote, a song, or whatever else.