A devotional thought from Juan Sanchez for “Jesus: The Faithful Servant”
The loss of loved ones, terrorist attacks, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis—all these things force us to try and make sense of life’s meaning and the purpose of suffering.
While some people seek comfort in a “god” who is not all-powerful and cannot stop suffering, others turn to a “god” who is not all-knowing and therefore surprised by suffering. The Bible, however, presents a God who is neither impotent nor ignorant.
The God of Christian Scripture can do all things. No purpose of His can be opposed (Job 42:2). He knows all things because He declared all things from beginning to end (Isa. 46:10). He is everywhere (Ps. 139:7-12), so we can run to Him in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1).
This God sent Jesus Christ to suffer on our behalf (Isa. 53). Having suffered in our place, Jesus not only sympathizes with our weakness, He has also made it possible for us to approach the Father to ask for help when we need it (Heb. 4:16).
Having ascended to the right hand of the Father, Jesus is present with us now through His Spirit. One day, our Lord will bring us into the place of His Sabbath rest. There we will no longer experience suffering. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death, no more sin. But until that day of final rest, the triune God is with and for His people; He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Therefore, turn to the Father, through Christ the Son, in the power of the Spirit, in your times of suffering.
Pause and Reflect
• Where do you turn during times of suffering?
• How does a right view of God as “Three in One” bring comfort in hard times?
• How would you comfort those who are suffering?