havilandfriends This is a devotional that the Lord brought to my attention this week. I donít know where you find yourself in life right now. Maybe you are experiencing Godís presence and grace in a fresh way. Maybe you are in the midst of a spiritual desert. Or maybe you find yourself somewhere in between the two, doing your best to daily live out Godís calling on your life. No matter what your condition, I hope this will speak to you today. As Pastor Donnie spoke out of John 11 last week, I was deeply impressed with the image of our Savior shedding tears for us. He celebrates with us in our greatest triumphs and aches with us in our times of turmoil and suffering. I pray this week you will experience Godís sustaining power. Pastor Josiah†
Jesus Will Let You Suffer By Russ Masterson When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ĎWhere have you laid him?í he asked. ĎCome and see, Lord,í they replied. Jesus wept. †††John 11:33-35 NIV†

EVER SINCE THE apple incident, humanity is born into a state of sin, a state of living in opposition to God, a state of making decisions that can cause suffering. Remember, none of this was Godís original design. He created a peaceful, perfect world. We tainted it with our desire for independence.

I used to wrestle with the idea that God could have created a world where the possibility of evil didnít exist, and thus suffering would never enter the human experienceóthat would be a world without true freedom. I think, perhaps, an evil greater than manís rebellion would be for a good God to withhold freedom from His creation. Suffering becomes inevitable in a world where imperfect people arenít robots. And while I donít pretend to know the answer for every evil under the sun, I do know that God sees our suffering.

Jesus wept.

There is no suffering in which Jesus will not walk and weep with you. There is no hurt the power of God canít bring new life to. In the proper time Jesus will make His way to your tomb, roll the stone away and bring life to the dead. And the tears formed from mourning and doubt will flow with joy and gratitude.

Think of the lowest moments of your life. How was Godís peace and presence with you, even in suffering?
This is a devotional that the Lord brought to my attention this week. I donít know where you find yourself in life right now. Maybe you are experiencing Godís presence and grace in a fresh way. Maybe you are in the midst of a spiritual desert. Or maybe you find yourself somewhere in between the two, doing your best to daily live out Godís calling on your life. No matter what your condition, I hope this will speak to you today. As Pastor Donnie spoke out of John 11 last week, I was deeply impressed with the image of our Savior shedding tears for us. He celebrates with us in our greatest triumphs and aches with us in our times of turmoil and suffering. I pray this week you will experience Godís sustaining power. Pastor Josiah†
Jesus Will Let You Suffer By Russ Masterson When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ĎWhere have you laid him?í he asked. ĎCome and see, Lord,í they replied. Jesus wept. †††John 11:33-35 NIV†

EVER SINCE THE apple incident, humanity is born into a state of sin, a state of living in opposition to God, a state of making decisions that can cause suffering. Remember, none of this was Godís original design. He created a peaceful, perfect world. We tainted it with our desire for independence.

I used to wrestle with the idea that God could have created a world where the possibility of evil didnít exist, and thus suffering would never enter the human experienceóthat would be a world without true freedom. I think, perhaps, an evil greater than manís rebellion would be for a good God to withhold freedom from His creation. Suffering becomes inevitable in a world where imperfect people arenít robots. And while I donít pretend to know the answer for every evil under the sun, I do know that God sees our suffering.

Jesus wept.

There is no suffering in which Jesus will not walk and weep with you. There is no hurt the power of God canít bring new life to. In the proper time Jesus will make His way to your tomb, roll the stone away and bring life to the dead. And the tears formed from mourning and doubt will flow with joy and gratitude.

Think of the lowest moments of your life. How was Godís peace and presence with you, even in suffering?