felt them first hand. Christ’s experience was meant to be an example of how we are to handle suffering. First Peter 2:21 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that he should follow his steps” (KJV). In other words, you have a unique opportunity to glorify God by the way you live with a terminal illness. Every aspect of your walk with God shows glory to Him. When you pray, when you trust Him, yes, even when you cry out to Him. God is a healer—He wants to make you whole. Even if a healed body here on earth is not part of His plan for you, He will heal in many other ways.
You can talk to God about this. He suffered on earth, just as we have. There isn’t any experience He would not understand. Did you ever wonder why Jesus had to suffer so badly? Wouldn’t a swift death have done the trick? Perhaps it was so that we would know that He can truly empathize.
In the Beatitudes it says, “Blessed are those who mourn.” God has a soft spot in His heart for you and your loved one. Regardless of what happens you can depend on His faithfulness.
God does not answer “why?” Not only would we not understand, but it would not help. It will not change your situation or make it easier to bear. God wants us to rely on Him in spite of the suffering. He loves you with a love beyond human understanding. His desire is for you to grasp even the smallest kernel of that love. His is a love that transforms.
Why me? Why my loved one? Why my innocent child? This is a cry that comes from our souls. It is the saddest question we will ever ask. How can a loving God allow so much suffering to go on in the world?Although the Bible is silent about the “why” of suffering, it is quite loud about what God is doing about suffering. The Cross is the pinnacle
example of the fact that God cares about us and understands what we are going through. It is because Christ suffered that we cantrust Him. He understands agony, humiliation, fear, and depression because He
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy. 31:8 (NLT)
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