Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Relieve Our Suffering

2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

I watched a National Geographic video yesterday regarding the violence of the earth. I was gripped by the incredible suffering that people have gone through in mass numbers... such as the 2004 Tsunami! When we go through suffering, our human (fallen) response is a hardened heart... not trusting, not believing, not wanting to get hurt again. Jesus however is the healer and hope.

The normal question that most people would ask would be..."If God is so loving, as you say, then how become there is so much suffering." Yes there is great suffering, and there is a loving God who will end all suffering.

1. God IS going to end all suffering... but for Him to do that, He has to wipe out sin, which brought the entrance to suffering in the world. For God to wipe out sin, He has to judge / destroy / renew the earth. God is currently holding back His final judgements because He desires all men to come to repentance.

2. For those in suffering, there must be the light of the revelation that this life is temporal. God IS going to restore all things. And there is hope in the age to come. That must be a tangible reality in their (our) hearts.

Father I thank You that You are faithful, and a VERY present help in time of trouble. I ask for those grieving in some way, that You would be of great comfort to them. Release revelation of the true reality of Your eternity! Be alive in their hearts. Heal, save and deliver. You are perfect God. Amen - Richy Clark