Only a God who adores His children, would allow the suffering that Jesus endured to provide the opportunity for every child to be restored and saved through salvation.
In reading the Bible, we come across a God who has many facets to His being. He is a God who understands suffering in an intimate way, a God who rejoices with us and a God who shows Himself as a protective father. However, what is most moving about His character is His demonstration of love for us. The sacrifice that Jesus made to give us eternal life and the sorrow that was caused unto heaven for this sacrifice, is the ultimate expression of love. Only a God who adores His children, would allow the suffering that Jesus endured to provide the opportunity for every child to be restored and saved through salvation.
We see signs on tee shirts, on billboards and even on bumper stickers that state, “God is love.” During Sunday sermons, we are told by pastors that the Bible is a giant love letter to humanity. But for some, it is difficult to believe this as they thumb through the Word. They read stories of war, chaos, human suffering and heartbreaking sacrifice. These stories are etched in their minds as barbaric, unloving and unkind and through this they develop a notion that God is not a loving, protective father.
People can sometimes develop a harsh vision of God as an uncaring entity that is oblivious, uninterested and unwilling to help people through trouble. It is difficult to reconcile a God of love being privy to and part of a world that endures such anguish. Typical questions arise…If He does love us, how could He allow such harshness, pain and suffering in people’s lives? Is He not watching? Does He not listen? Does He function in absentia?
The simple fact is that human lives are disturbed by incredibly difficult circumstances at times. Tragedies will come to us and our lives will be disrupted by pain, sorrow and evil. However, what is key to understand is that God does not separate Himself from trial and tragedy. He does not turn His face away from tribulation nor does He alienate Himself at those times. In fact, the Word teaches us that He intimately knows the problems we face and He wants to help us through these problems.
…We should focus on the fact that He is loving, and He is willing to help us.
Understand that this does not necessarily mean He will provide every answer that we are seeking. He may not give us answers to death, ill health and evil but He does promise to be there for us. The Word says that He is “close to the broken hearted” (Psalm 34:18), it also tells us that God promises “to sustain us, and to rescue us“ (Isaiah 46:4). We are reminded that He is a “very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Rather than assignation of fault to God for these terrible circumstances which we pass through, we should focus on the fact that He is loving, and He is willing to help us. His character does not change, despite the changing world around us. He knows every tear that we shed, He hears every cry.
Whatever pain you are enduring, whatever hurt has crippled your life, know that God wants to be beside you, comforting you and healing your heart. He says in His Word that when we cry out to Him, He will hear us and respond to us with love (Psalm 34:17).