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Grace from suffering

2018-10-28 15:20
Pastor’s Letter(745) Oct 28, 2018

Grace from suffering

Simone Weil said “If suffering is severe, it seems like there is no God”
However, David pretended he was crazy in front of Abimelech,
and after barely survived, he found himself desperately seeking the Lord,
saying that God answered him and rescued him from all fears (Psalm 34).
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.(v. 18).

Trouble manifests itself in various forms in every corner of our lives.
Illness, death of beloved, bankruptcy, accident, pain of human relationship, disaster or shooting.
Trouble stirs our emotions. To some people, guilt and shame, anger and resentment,
sorrow and fear, confusion, to the feelings of anger.
The suffering of life is not limited to a specific person, but universal phenomenon for everyone.

The Bible describes three types of causes for suffering.
The first is suffering because of his own wrongdoing.
This is the kind of suffering caused by carelessness, mistake, and greed by mistakes.
The problem, however, is that people tend to shift the responsibility to others.
The problem is that you refuse to reflect on your own mistakes and acknowledged
your own mistakes. Repentance is not a prayer to avoid punishment.
"God, I was wrong. I will accept any punishment for this sin."
This prayer is a true repentance. God sees this center and gives grace.

The second type is vague afflictions.
There was a traffic accident, but it is not your fault. You have some responsibility
but so does the other pray. In some cases, people hit the guard rails while avoiding people.
Fire from next door may be carried to my home. I could get assaulted while stopping others
from fighting. What should we do when this happens? Even if it is reasonable to deal
with legal problems reasonably, in faith, it is beautiful to believe that God knows everything.

The third type is suffering because of a good heart.
There are miseries in the mission field, suffering for those who interfere with mission,
and misfortunes from helping someone. For firefighter, there are times when they pass away
while extinguishing a fire. When a good man enters a crowd of wicked people, he will be hated.
Why is that? If the wicked are by the righteous, their sins are revealed.
Everyone who does evil hates light (John 3:20), and the Bible records it.

If you are a disciple of Jesus, you are treated the same.
"If the world hates you, know that the world hated me before you." (John 15:18)
It is said that people who believe in Jesus and follow Jesus should not expect to be treated
with ease and cleanliness in the world.

Though Paul preached the love of Christ all his life, even the members of the church
condemned him, and eventually he was martyred. Jesus chose to suffer for himself
and for me(for those who believe). By his wounds we have been healed.
For those who follow the Lord, suffering is no longer a surprise.
I am getting more love than suffering.