The God Who Suffers

Posted: May 13, 2011 in devotion, inspiration, religion

     When we think of God, we usually consider that fact that He is righteous, holy, loving, and good. But here is something else to consider about God: He is the God who has suffered. We don’t tend to think that a perfect Creator would experience such a human trait as human pain and suffering. After all, why would you suffer if you did not have to?

But God has suffered, and that more deeply than any of us could ever imagine. 

In this book, “The Cross of Christ,” John Stott said, “Our God is a suffering God.” And I think he is right.

Listen to Isaiah’s description of what Jesus (who was God) went through at Calvary:
      “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief . . . Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3–5 NKJV)

“A man of suffering.” That was Jesus.

But why did God suffer?

Because He loved us and alway’s will love us. That means He also enters into our suffering as well.

Hebrews 2:17–18 tells us:
     “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then He could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted” (NLT).

You are not alone in your suffering today. Jesus has been there and walked in your shoes and He is here for you right now. Remember, everything we all are going through, God goes through with us. Yes, when you call on the Lord for His protection, He will be there with you to help you, to hold you and most importantly, to comfort and protect you through your everything. He died for us. He rose for us. He lives right now, this very moment in you and me… so, hold you head’s up high and smile knowing that He has been through it and will endure it again, along with you as you go through it. Remember, “For as we suffer…. So does He,” (Christina Spann).

May our God, our Lord continue to bless and protect you all as we part our ways today.

Brother Jonathan R. L. Spann

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