Tonight Brett and i were talking about what it means to suffer as a Christian, be it physically, emotionally or mentally. WHen life gets hard and you face trials of many kinds, my question to Brett was, “Where is Gods love?”
As a christian i believe God can only act out of Love. It is impossible for Him to act outside of His great love for us. But I often ask Him, “What about those children, Lord, the ones being sold against their will, sexually abused repeatedly, just for an individuals gratification- be it financially or sexually? Where is Your Love in that?”
Brett and i went out to dinner tonight and human suffering was the main topic of conversation. I asked Brett, “Suppose i DO one day rescue women and children from being Trafficked, how on earth can i look them in the eye and say, ‘Jesus loves you’?”
I often think this every day on my way to work. How can you tell someone who has suffered GREATLY ”God loves you.”? I know God loves me. However, I also have had a VERY simple and safe life. What about those people who have had serious trials, heartache…say….sold into the sex trade against their will?
Brett gave a simple answer. He said, “Gods love does not equal comfort.”
We concluded at dinner that there is nothing comfortable about dying on a cross for the sins of mankind. Yet it was out of Gods love that it happened. Gods love does not equal comfort.
This pretty much sums up. My friend Amy (the “dress lady” as some of my coworkers put it who have seen her on the news) happened to write a blog post about this very thing today.
I often forget there is a second force at play in our world, evil. I call him Satan. God did not create evil, but he allowed it to manifest. If you want to get technical, Satan was really the one who created evil, not God.
Evil is not stronger then Love.
I often, too, forget about Satan. That he indeed is very real. He hates you, he hates me, and anything that smells like God. He will do anything to turn all of us to hate anything of God and to even blame God for our problems. Satan- another blog entry for another time.
For some reason i thought April 1st was on tuesday…its really friday. Friday is when i start my dress war.