Calling home was a difficult task...giving sad news about a grandchild to our parents. My mom held Stephen, she felt it the deepest and with my grandfather passing away... her heart was saddened. She lost her father...and I her daughter, am going to lose a son. So far away..what can she do?
"I will have to comfort her with the many miles separating us, I will have to reassure her of my help and strength in the LORD.
I will have to ..... I will"
Yes, me...I must be the comforter, yet I am the one afflicted. How is this so?
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
My own heart and spirit moaned at the grief many felt for us, especially those who did not know the LORD Jesus Christ as their own Saviour and know as I did ...the great comfort of his presence.
I grieved for them. No hope. No assurance of eternal life. No rest.
I know God's expected end...PEACE.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
WHY? do people suffer? Why do we sorrow?
As you search the scriptures and seek the LORD...you will understand.
John 5:39 says: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
Just as the woman in the hospital who ran down the hall screaming. My heart longed to reach out to her...I felt the grief in her voice. I wept with her..within.
Why are we like this? Because God put it in us...his heart of love and compassion.
But, man...in his own choices of life...the free will of man...has sinned and sinned and ignored the way God left for us...man has ignored His Word he left for us...man has chosen his own way and thus sin abounds and love and compassion begin to wane. Cain in the first act of rebellion shows his lack of love due to his sinful, selfishness. Yet, how many people down through the ages do show the sacrificial love of GOD in their hearts. How many risk their lives to save others from hurt.
Can we not comprehend the love of God in sending his own Son to die for our sins so that we can live! Can't we grasp in our own hearts...the pain he suffered and the agony of sins ruin upon mankind and yet he was the remedy that man rejects! It should smite your heart to know you have rejected this LOVE...this COMPASSION.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Why do we give comfort or feel grief and compassion for others when we ourselves are suffering...because it is within us.
Beloved let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Here in is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love on another. I John 4:7-11
...and so when we go through trials; such as at this time... for the love of others, for their salvation and the hope of eternal life... for them we suffer tribulations and seek to bring comfort to their hearts more than our own.
Some suffering..is to show the work of GOD in our hearts.
Maybe..it will awaken your heart to compassion...maybe it will renew a heart of thankfulness...and maybe it will open the understanding of the lost...that they can know God and his comfort of peace.