THE PLACE TO START                                         Psalm 9:1-20

“When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” (v12)

(5) People say; “My suffering is so great that I sometimes doubt the existence of a God of love. Can you tell me something that will help me regain my faith in this tragic hour? One of the most disturbing components of suffering is that there often seems to be no meaning in it – it seems so senseless, useless, leading no where. One writer has said that anyone who is undisturbed by the problem of unmerited suffering is  a victim of either a hardened heart or a softened brain. He is right.

Everyone who is alive, especially if he or she believes in a God of love, finds this problem difficult to resolve. No wonder the poet cried out; My son, the world is dark with griefs and graves. So dark that men cry out against the heavens. I suppose there is nothing that makes people cry out against the heavens so much as the anguish that comes uninvited and is unmerited. Some of our sufferings are the result of our own thoughtlessness or poor choices. But what about the times when life breaks us with sufferings and distress that are not directly related to our actions? Does God remember us then? Our text today says that He does. This in itself can help to keep us courageous, if not carefree, in peace, if not in happiness. Know this truth. God remembers you in your suffering. That may not be where we want to end but it is the place where we start.

PRAYER LINE: Lord Jesus, You who experienced suffering in a way I will never know, hold me close to Your heart so that my sufferings will not diminish me but develop me, in Your precious Name I pray. Amen. (EDWJ)

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