Comfort and pain are as old as the human experience. Yet, we struggle to understand their place in our life and faith. Why do I not feel God’s comfort? If He loves me, how could God let this happen?
When I was in high school, the Sheriff's Office recruited some fellow students and me to help in their hostage negotiator training. We were role-playing a hostage situation and the students who were designated as the hostage-takers were instructed to get furious if a negotiator said, “I understand what you’re going through.” The point was clear. Hostage negotiators don't hold hostages or rob banks, so how could they possibly understand what a bank robber is going through?
We sometimes look at God with a similar attitude. We live in a broken world and He lives in a perfect heaven. How could He understand us?
God knows exactly what you’re going through. He went out of His way to put Himself in the middle of your life by putting His perfect and only son into our broken world. Jesus did not avoid pain, or look for a scapegoat—He came into our world and made our pain His pain. We won’t experience any pain Jesus hasn’t already known (1 Peter 2:23-24).
Honestly, it's still hard for me to fully wrap my mind around this. This six-day Bible Plan was written to help you and I find comfort in the midst of our pain. You may also want to get with some friends and discuss this week’s message at Church Online.