There is suffering, pain, and God.
In the times when suffering and pain make no sense, God will be by your side. David wrote of that reality in Psalm 23: 4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me.”
Many years later, Jesus promised His followers the same, “And, lo, I am with you always,” (Matthew 28:20).
Believers can count on God’s presence in suffering and pain, and His presence can provide a peace that “surpasses all understanding,” (Philippians 4:7).
And in that holy presence there can be peace and comfort … comfort because of who He is: He is love (I John 4:8). He and He alone brings to you the greatest of loves in your times of need.
In that peace and love there is empathy, an empathy that stretches beyond what no other person can give because of what Jesus experienced: “But those things which God foretold by the mouths of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled,” (Acts 3:18). He knows and understands because He, too, suffered crushing pain.
God’s presence comforts because of a promise of relief even though it may not be now nor here. The promise of the end to suffering and pain sees its fulfillment in heaven. It is there that, “… God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away,” (Revelation 21:4).
There is suffering.
There is pain.
And the good news is there is God.
This is the last blog in the series Suffering, Pain, and God.