I like the following from today’s study (especially the last bit): “God not only looks down in love when we are caught up in tragedy, not only weeps with us as we are surrounded by the flames, but reaches down into the flames to soothe and support. And His own hands get scorched in the process.”
Jesus suffered on a cross, He suffered torture and insults before He was cruicified; and, as Selwyn says: ” … this great God of the universe knows what it is to experience pain. Our sufferings are His sufferings.” We have as our God, one who understands our suffering because He has suffered Himself; we can take our pain to Him knowing that He will comfort us. There are many who think God isÂ far from us,Â and remote from all the tragedy that occurs each day on this lonely planet. Nothing can be further from the truth – we know from the Bible that He is aware of every little sparrow that may die today – He knows all about us – He feels all the anxiety or grief that we may experience today – expect Him to be involved in the ‘ups and downs’ of your life. I believe that if you have an expectant heart, one that wants a close relationship with God,Â then you will see or hear or feel, Jesus at work – every moment of your life. Do you agree?
Today’s prayer is also good; “O merciful Father, I see that Your heart too has experienced grief and pain, and indeed all our griefs are Yours. Help me to share my griefs with You. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.”