Pain and suffering is not only a universal experience; it's a very a personal experience. Pain knows my address and your address and it will drop into our lives uninvited. Sometimes it will even stay longer than we anticipated and sadly for some suffering will never leave. It will remain the uninvited resident in their lives. For this reason, the issues of pain, suffering, and evil is an emotionally charged issue for many. It's deeply personal. Theologically it has led some to conclude that God is either evil, impotent, or non-existent.
However, the Bible has much to say regarding, "the sufferings of this present time" (Romans 8:18). Written onto the pages of God's Word are the real accounts of men and women who suffered the loss of a loved one, family turmoil, disease, abandonment, among other trials. And God is not presented as an evil or impotent being either.
Instead we meet a God who gives Himself. For example, He becomes the father of, "the fatherless" (Psalm 68:5). To the widow, God becomes their defender and judge (Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 68:5), and for those being oppressed, God is the greatest refuge (Psalm 9:9). In fact, Jesus Himself stated He is the one who heals, "the brokenhearted" and sets the captive and the wounded free (Luke 4:18). Then there is the invitation to cast, "...all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
That invitation is extended to all who are either weighed down with the daily cares of life and to those devastated by immense suffering. It is not the invitation of an evil and weak God who does not exist. It is the invitation of an all-powerful God who cares deeply about you, your pain, and your questions.
We hope you will begin making plans to join us throughout the month of September as we consider just how much God cares about all of us.