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When it is hard to live

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July 16th 2017

When it is hard to live

Someone said that he filed divorce papers today, and he said he is so very frightened. Some people worry about undergoing surgery again in their old age after hearing their doctor recommend it. When you go to Haiti, there are many children in every neighborhood who have been abandoned by their parents. There is no MacDonald’s or Starbucks, but there are very many orphanages in every village. When I look at these children who are so thin and weak because of no food to eat, my heart hurts for the hard times they have to go through everyday. There is a mother who does not express her heart and lives in her sadness while thinking of her remaining daughters. Her son committed suicide when his business failed.

A job where there is no conflict, no fighting, and no suffering, does not exist in this world. In any human relationship, the sorrow of love coexists with the joy of love. In any city, behind the bright side there is also the shadow of darkness. Every person considered good has a sad story to tell. We can only imagine the heavy burden of life hidden in a bright and warm person. Perhaps this is the double side of life.

It is foolish to think of death because it is hard to live. Because happy hour is approaching, as are the hard times in life, it’s as meaningful as the weight of pain. It is more important to know the mind and plan of God who created man. Even though we are suffering, it is not God's will for us. Because God loves us, He suffers when we are afflicted, and he feels sorry for us. “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” (Lamentations 3:32-33) Jesus’ life and death was God’s response to our painful life. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)

So what do we do when we feel it's hard to live? First, we must think of God's will in this painful life. Joseph could not understand why he had been hated by his brothers, sold to Egypt as a slave, and had to be imprisoned. However, He relied on God in his life. At some point, the providence of God's salvation was realized, and he felt grateful (Gen. 45: 7). Second, we must think of Jesus' suffering on the cross for us. There are times when God delivers love through pain. It is not just love that works well and succeeds. There are times when we express love through failure and suffering. No matter what disappointment or frustration we have, God's love for us does not cease. The relationship between you and me will last forever. We must make afflictions profitable. Do not lose hope. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. “ (Romans 8:18)

I bless you for reading this article.
Pastor Ki Beom Lee