Today’s introduction brings us into a difficult area – it’s a question many ask – where is God in the midst of all this suffering that we see reported in the media. In some cases, we are the ones suffering – and, we can become depressed with the darkness that we sometimes experience.
Selwyn writes; “How much we miss when we fail to see and sense God’s timing in our earthly affairs. If we look at our lives strictly as they are laid out before us and lose sight of the fact that God is at work, we can fall prey to doubt and disillusionment. … “
I survive these dark times by looking at what happened to Jesus – he died a terrible death but he lived to experience His glorious resurrection. His sacrifice has given me the belief that, I too, will experience resurrection into a new and better life. It’s knowing how this story ends, that gives me the strength to live though each of life’s chapters, in this suffering world. Yet, it’s not all grey and gloomy – there’s many a rainbow to be seen.
As Selwyn says in his conclusion: “No mater what your circumstances, never, never lose hope. God is our ever-present help and comfort.”
In Matthew 10:27-34 (NIV), we hear Jesus say: ” … What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. … “
You can trust in God’s love, He knows you and is actively working in your life to guide you home. All the small things of your life – He follows with interest; all the thoughts you toss around in your head – He knows; there’s not a thing about you that Jesus is not aware of.
Considering that there are over 6 billion people on this planet; and lots of sparrows; it should encourage us that God is not overwhelmed by such numbers and has more than enough time to always be with each one of us.
And, that’s simply amazing!