Our God is a Suffering God

Our God is a suffering God.  Yes, He is holy, righteous, all-powerful.  Yet He freely suffered…for US, and more so than we could ever imagine.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:3-5

But why did God suffer?  Because He loved and loves us.  That means He also enters INTO OUR suffering.

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.  Hebrews 2:17-18

We are not alone in our suffering today. Jesus has been there and walked in your shoes and He is here for us right now.

Call out to Him.

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