Who is our God?
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love."
When hard things happen it's easy to accuse God. I get it. I was right there this weekend. I was raging on the inside feeling so hurt at God and questioning why He hadn't made a circumstance better. I hated the fact that someone I love was suffering. Why does He allow that? I know all the "right"answers, like we grow in perseverance and character, but on the inside I just felt deeply, deeply hurt.
Honestly, I felt a little bit like Mary when her brother died, telling Jesus, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died." I always have thought she probably felt hurt that Jesus didn't show up and make everything right. He allowed her brother to die and allowed her to feel the heart wrenching grief of losing someone she loved. It doesn't seem like the compassionate, gracious God that David talks about in his song (Psalm 103:8). Who is our God?
Jesus reveals our Father in that tender moment with Mary and he is deeply moved in spirit and troubled. He asks where they put Mary's brother's body and Jesus weeps. He weeps right along with Mary. That comforts me. I am comforted by the fact that our God does not feel indifferent to our suffering and pain. He feels it and weeps with us. He has the power to make all things right, but even with being all powerful, he stoops low to wipe our tears and weep with us. He feels our pain. He really is compassionate.
Is there an area where you are hurting and you feel like God doesn't care? Know that He hurts with you and weeps with you. This is who our God is.