It almost brought me to tears reading the article recently published in the New York Times, not in sadness, but in pure amazement. I can’t say I know just how long it’s been since His name has been in this sizable piece of “non-Christian” media and in a good light, but it was a definite tear-jerker for me.
According to Scripture, Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I personally don’t believe God causes bad things to happen so it struck me when I heard a pastor of mine say these words:
I know without a doubt God uses bad things in such a way for good that it almost looks as if He caused them.
The New York Times article begins by asking the question “why suffering?” This is an age-old question that many before us have grappled with and I won’t pretend to have a concise two sentence answer for you and neither did the author in the NYT.
But I get the question, “If God is all-loving and all-powerful, what gives?”
The articles concedes that “if the mystery of suffering is unanswerable, where can the believer go in times like this? For the Christian and perhaps even for others the answer is Jesus.”
The article goes onto say, “In His public ministry, Jesus continually sought out those who were sick. Most of his miracles were healings from illnesses and disabilities: debilitating skin conditions (under the rubric of ‘leprosy’), epilepsy, a woman’s ‘flow of blood,’ a withered hand, ‘dropsy,’ blindness, deafness, paralysis. In these frightening times, Christians may find comfort in knowing that when they pray to Jesus, they are praying to someone who understands them not only because he is divine and knows all things, but because he is human and experienced all things.”
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