There is a phrase I love to use every moment I get the chance. It is not just a slogan or a catchy phrase for me – it’s a deeply theological truth that I believe with all my heart. ‘God is Good’
The bible says, “You are good and do good.” Psalm 119:68 ESV
I believe this with every bone within me. God is Good!
It is from this vintage point that I try to convince people who struggle with pain and suffering in this life. Too often we blame God for our misfortune, and accuse him of cruel indifference. But scripture is clear:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 ESV
I am so glad that God suffers with me in my confusion of pain and suffering.
I am so glad that God suffers with me in my struggle against sin.
I am so glad that God suffers with me in my abhorrence of evil.
I am so glad that God suffers with me in my fight against the devil.
I am so glad that when I am weak, He is strong
I am so glad that when I am faithless, He is faithful
I am so glad that He knows I love Him even when my love is weak.
The shortest verse in the bible speaks the loudest about how He feels for us. John 11:28-37 speaks about Jesus’ reaction to a friend’s death and the obvious pain of the bereaved sisters. He was not only grieved at the passing of Lazarus, he was also angry at the share brokenness of the world. And to see Mary and Martha in such pain broke his heart. It moved him with excitement about how God would move in their situation.
This is a clear indication that He feels our pain. He sympathizes with us. In our moments of pain and suffering, he draws near. That’s why the bible says, He is close to the brokenhearted. So, take courage today, for “He daily bears all our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).