Thinking about a personal relationship with God with us – suffering

Morning Mercies Morning devotional by Pastor Jacob Ng from Redemption Hill Church – 1 May 2020

Psalm 22:1 ESV

  • “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46

  • “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani?”

Blessings by Laura Story

Why is there suffering on this Earth? Why anyone of us? I don’t have answers but I find great comfort in the fact that it is not I who experiences this but the Father in Heaven who sent His flesh and blood down to Earth to come experience this for Himself. If this is not the perfect example of the servant leader, evidence of an empathetic (not merely sympathetic) God, what is?

Even periods of discomfort and great trials are predestined by the Lord my God. I reflect on the life and faith of my great friend Harold Tan today. He was stricken by osteosarcoma in 2015. He had made a partial recovery but cancer staged a relapse in 2018. He passed on in June 2018. I am encouraged by how God’s redemptive love was everlasting even in the periods when we all asked the question of Why God? Why forsake us? What Good do you offer for us through this?

Perhaps it’s the peace and knowledge of being able to go home to God and be free of human suffering.

I implore you to read his story here: I’ve been keeping this website alive in loving memory of him and the goodness of God through it all. It’s a very painful experience but one that I think God predestined for us.

As for me, I think I’ve hurt enough and pained enough. I need God in my life.

Hmm, an answer to suffering – it’s necessary to cry out?

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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