On Suffering

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This topic is not exclusively limited to my novel. By all means, each and every one of us are affected by suffering because we live in a fallen world. As redeemed sinners, we Christians live with consequences of actions, thoughts, and words displeasing to Jahweh. And yet we were made perfect through the blood of the Lamb.

Sometimes I think it is not fair of God to let His Children suffer. After all, we are precious to Him and He saved us – from what? So He can bring us through strife and pain? Is this what I deserve?

All too often, we lose focus of what we deserve. We deserve hell. H-E-L-L. There was nothing good in us that should have made God want to pick us up out of the mire, bathe us, clothe us, and call us His own. We were kicking and screaming, cursing His name; but He chose us.

This life is fleeting – so short. What is life? A few decades in which we spend our energy to make a comfortable life. I need a good education; a fabulous job so I can earn money to pay for my house, car, kids. Really?

If you are a Christian, I beg you to reassess your life. When asked what we live for, we often repeat the good old phrase, “For the glory of God.”

I want to glorify God with my life. It is not easy – at all. I fail a lot, but my life is His. Just because I don’t get what I think I need, doesn’t mean He is not worth living for anymore. I belong to Him. He possesses me. He owns every part of me – my soul, body, health, reason, ability to think, my family, and everything I else I hold dear. If He choses to take it, why should I complain about Him claiming what it is His?

I love this song by Shane and Shane “Though You Slay Me.” It reminds me of Job and everything that was taken away from him. We read those passages so lightly. “And then he lost his house, children, servants, and everything else.” Have you ever thought about that? How would you react?

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Check out the rest of the lyrics. It doesn’t matter if God takes away all I have. He is indeed all that I need. I don’t need money, health, a job I love, a husband, children, and a Lamborghini. While I would like to have these things (okay, maybe that car is exaggerated), if God chooses to keep withholding them from me, I can be satisfied in Him. He will not keep something from me that He knows I need. Either way, I will worship Him.

If you are not a Christian and/or have no idea what I am talking about, please don’t hesitate to send me a question.

 

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