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Belief in Suffering

“I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.” (John 12: 46, NET) I love you, and I am with you. But I will not always rescue you. I remember the first time God told me this. It was the day I realized God is not here to rescue us from suffering. He is here so we are not alone in the midst of it. I learned that my belief in God was not the get-out-of-suffering-free-card I’d once thought. Belief is trusting. Belief is having faith. Belief is intimacy. I am here. I will hold you for as long as this storm rages. And when it’s over, we will pick up the pieces together. Suffering is not the darkness. Isolation is. And we are no longer alone. With belief, suffering is not purposeless. It serves to make us more aware that Jesus is crying next to us. I’ve revisited this conversation with God a lot lately, because the world is suffering in an unusual way right now. And it’s tempting to look for rescue. Much of the world is choosing to believe in science. Put hope in the cure. But for us, there is a subtle, monumental difference. We choose to believe in God. Not in the solution that he will bring. And that sets us apart. Warmly in Christ, Sarah Bentley

For Reflection:

"How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14, NET)

  1. How does your belief in God inform your perspective on the world events right now? Who do you know that doesn’t share that perspective? Is it time to share that with them?

  2. The world is literally in isolation. Is it any wonder that darkness is rampaging? What kind of darkness are the people around you fighting as a result of isolation? Anxiety? Fear? Anger? How can you bring them light?

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