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Peace in the Storm

Why does suffering exist? Why does everyone go through it in life? Doesn’t God care? Doesn’t He love us?

At some point, we all have these questions running through our heads. We not only feel hopeless, lost, and hurt, but we can also feel angry, bitter, and confused as to why bad things happen in our lives.

It’s a difficult reality to accept that the world we live in is a broken world; still, it’s true. But, amongst all the hurt and chaos, there is a remedy. There is One Who can fix what is broken. No where else and in no one else will we find a solution to the evil in, outside of the One Who is Love.

This Love came into the world 2,000 years ago as a human and experienced all the suffering and pain that humanity had (and has).

This Love took it upon Himself to carry our sin and suffering on the cross on which He died.

This Love knew how God, being absolutely holy, could not have relationship with such darkness, but yet took it on Himself to make a way for us to be brought into the light.

This Love knows exactly the kind of suffering, pain, and hardships we experience today and there are two things He does for us:

  1. He offers us salvation from the eternal consequences of evil (Romans 8:1-2)
  2. He offers to lighten our heaviness and help us through our problems while we are still on this earth (Matthew 11:28-30)

Suffering is a result of the evil in the world. The wickedness of the human heart is what leads to fights, divisions, wars, unrest, pain, injustice, conflict, and hurt.

The Love that offers us salvation does not say He will vanquish all evil and end suffering; that would mean He is a dictator, controlling everything about our lives by not letting us do what we want and making us all like Him.

Love gives us a choice, gives us free will, to receive or reject His salvation. We can choose to allow Him to pour all His grace on us by making us His own. He wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us, and He wants us to choose if we want that or not. As Christians, the suffering we experience now serves a purpose: it should cause us to lean more on God; it serves for Him to reveal Himself more and more intimately to us, and in so doing make us truly His own. This is our peace in the trials.

God does care about our suffering, and it hurts Him to see us going through the consequences of sin, but He offers us hope and He assures us we are never alone.