I promise I’m not just about pain, but right now that is what is closest to my heart. You look around at your family, and you see people in pain. You see children suffering because of what seems such a senseless act. You see sickness, injury, abuse, why must these things be?
Look at our nation, all the inequity, injustice, crime, an endless list. Look at our world, nations at war–soldiers and the innocent dying every day for some senseless ideal, or just for greed.
Words can seem so hollow. How can words ever bring understanding to the evil all around us? “There is a plan.” “Things are under control.” “All will work for the best.” When these words come from a person, they are so empty and easy to dismiss. People speak so easily about what they do not know. They lie and speak words with hidden meaning or ulterior motive. The only reason there is not total despair in this world is that these words come from God. If you cannot believe in the very depth of your heart that these are God’s words, then there is nothing but total despair.
I believe in God, and I believe that He wants us to understand as much as we can about who He is, what He is, and what He is dealing with. There is a war going on. One with much more significance than any war we have seen between men. It is the ultimate war. The war between good and evil, and we are not just bystanders.
God speaks to us, but He also teaches by demonstration. Words alone are never enough. It takes an object lesson for us to truly begin to understand. Do you want to understand His Love? Then you must first understand the love between husband and wife, mothers and their children, brothers and sisters, family, neighbors, friends. Understand all these forms of love and you will just begin to understand God’s love.
But there is another side. How can He show us the pain and suffering this ultimate war brings to all, including Himself? It is by the same principle He is using to teach us about love. If we were innocent bystanders, it wouldn’t matter, but we aren’t, so we must learn about this side too. And, just as with love, we can look at all the pain around us and just begin to understand the reality of this conflict.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (KJV)
There is no way yet for us to fully understand. I don’t think our minds capable of full comprehension. Many can barely handle what we now see–some cannot seem to handle even that. But if we don’t see just some of what He suffered, what He gave up, how can we ever truely understand how much He loves us? If only people could learn by faith and words alone, but no, we must be shown. And even then we can only see as if wearing dark glasses.
God created a plan. He has things under control, and all things will work to our good. These words mean something because we have faith they are spoken by the Creator of the Universe, our Creator. One who has our best interests at heart, who wants the best for us, His children.
When an omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient being speaks, you can know they are words of significance. Words that can be counted upon and allow you to put aside, for now, your total understanding of any situation. Words that can help you know the ultimate outcome. Now there is faith, now there is hope, now there is love.