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Lord, Why Do We Suffer? – A Lenten Reflection

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Among the species in our planet only human beings have the ability to ask questions.

We question when we suffer.

We question when we lose our jobs. We question when our businesses go bankrupt. We question when our relationships are broken. We question when we become critically ill. We question when we mourn the death of a loved one.

We question and ask God: “Lord, why do we suffer?” And there seems no forthcoming answer. God seems to be distant. God seems to be silent.

But the truth of the matter is: God answers us. His answer- Jesus hanging on the cross.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush he asked God: “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘ The God of your ancestors has sent me to you, ‘ and they ask me,’ What is his name? ‘ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses: “Ehye Asher Ehye” – later translated as Yahweh – which means: “I am who I am.”

Yes, he is the Great “I am” who promised us: “I am with you always.” Yet he is not only the God who promised us to accompany us through the twists and turns of the journey of life; but he is also the God who took upon himself our pains and sorrows – to teach us that faith does not mean mean believing “because of” but faith means believing “inspite of.”

Faith does not mean believing because things turn out well in our life. Faith means believing inspite of the fact that things do not turn out well in our lives. Faith means believing inspite of the fact that we experience pain, sorrows, and even tragedy in life.

“It is finished.” As God completes his work of redemption through the sufferings and death of Jesus, we contemplate  the limp, lifeless, and bruised body of Jesus remembering that he suffered to give meaning to our sufferings.

As the prophet Isaiah says: “With his stripes we are healed.”

– Matt

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Written by MattAndJojang

April 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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