Where's God When It Hurts?
When you read through the Gospels, you'll find only one scene in which someone addresses Jesus directly as God: "My Lord and my God!" Do you know who said that?
It was doubting Thomas, the last disciple to believe the incredible news of the Resurrection.
Thomas believed because of Jesus' scars. "Feel my hands," Jesus told him. "Touch my side."
In a flash of revelation, Thomas saw the wonder of Almighty God, the Lord of the uNIVerse, stooping to take on our pain. He saw scars that had been used for good. He saw that tear-streaked face of Jesus.
So where is God when it hurts? We know where God is because he came to Earth and showed us his face. To see how God responds to our suffering, you need only remember how Jesus responded to the tragedies of his day: with comfort, healing and compassion—which simply means "to suffer with."
Where is God when it hurts? He's right there with us.
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