I was talking to my mom yesterday about a dear woman who is on her death bed with cancer. She has two young children and one amazing husband. This woman is right here in my city. It makes it feel very real. My mom asked the question, “Why would God allow her to be taken away!” And it hit me, “For His glory!”
We do not understand what brings glory to God. The suffering of Jesus brought glory to God.
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. 1 Peter 2:19-24 ESV
In my flesh, I cry out with those who say, “Why?” Why does a young mother get snatched from her family? Why do innocent unborn children die at the hands of doctors? Why did God’s perfect Son get nailed to a cross taking on the wrath of God for me? It does not seem fair. But GOD…
God knows just what will bring Him the most glory. He knows when taking away a wife will create a warrior man for His kingdom. He knows when taking away a mother will raise up two children who will lead many to righteousness. I do not know the end result, but I do know that God does. Even in my small sufferings- loss of a friendship, death of a dream, etc.- God is in control and is working to bring glory to Himself.
Though I feel under equipped to talk about this subject, I do want to share some practical thoughts on dealing with times of suffering as a Christian. Stop by next week for Part II!