As I write this post, a young mother and friend of mine suffers in the hospital and may be losing a very long battle with breast cancer. She is a model citizen of the Kingdom of God; a true saint in every sense of the word. Her family clings to hope that she’ll recover, but at the moment it doesn’t look good. Why is this happening? Isn’t this a logical question?
The faith that we profess is not popular these days. Statistically, people are no longer attending church as they used to. Young people grow up in the church, go away to college and seemingly abandon their faith in just a few short years, sometimes days.
Ever wonder why so many are walking away from God? I wonder sometimes if we expect faith in Jesus to be logical and quite often it must defy logic to accomplish all that God wants.
Sometimes demanding that we make sense of life when life doesn’t make sense can “damage our faith” causing us to doubt God’s goodness. When we see good people suffer for no apparent reason, we have trouble understanding why God doesn’t “do something” and when God seems to be silent, we are tempted us to chuck the whole thing. Sound familiar?
(It makes me wonder if those who walk away from God have forgotten that our heavenly Father allowed His own Son to suffer a brutal beating and death. If he allowed his own Son to suffer, then we should expect that we will suffer too!)
There’s always a danger in “leaning on our own (limited) understanding” when faced with adversity because we simply don’t have the entire picture in view.
I love this quote from A.W. Tozer’s “The Pursuit of God” that gives us a hint as to why we might suffer.
“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.”
This quote is helpful when life doesn’t seem to make sense. God is interested in our character in fact so interested, that he is willing to allow us to suffer so that our faith is perfected Apparently, suffering is the only way to get to the “good stuff” of a more genuine faith.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrew 12:2
Something to think about.