In the never-ending story of finding fault with God because of a world of evil and suffering, we as the ants on our private anthill, view the Creator through the rain that threatens our humble abode, and we fault Him for the possibility that our home may be destroyed by water. Not too smart.
The thought never crosses our minds to build our digs on higher ground, but chastise Him we must, and we do, to our own intellectual demise. Yet we in our mental selfishness, ignore how many others need the rain, and we fail to admit how good God is, how wise, and how he allows us to see the greatest of joys when viewed through the lens of suffering, when we venture outside our narrow and selfish views.
Isaiah 53 here has a fine post with thoughts and comments that suffering is good, and I would add, necessary.
Ask a woman if she would trade her travail of childbirth for all the tea in China. Ask her if the son of her womb was worth her suffering. Ask if her Marine son was not worth the anguish of childbirth. Ask if her son of integrity in a world of dishonor is not worth her pain of giving birth. Ask if her lovely daughter was well worth her temporary suffering. Just ask her.
Ask her moments after holding her newborn, if her labor was not worth her new bundle of joy. Go ahead ask her, and then be embarrassed at the idea that God is somehow inadequate by allowing suffering in this world.
Suffering is a great furnace for the refining of our hearts, giving opportunity to see what is truly valuable. Ah yes, joy cometh in the morning.
We would not know gain, if we did not know loss. We would not appreciate food, if we did not know hunger. We would not know light, if we did not know darkness. We would have no true appreciation of men, if we did not have the appreciation of women.
God is a God of contrast; peace war, up down, sun moon, male female, man woman, birth death, suffering joy.
Imagine then the glory of God when Christ suffered for sins once. Ah yes what a storm, and what joy is this. Is not the next day after a storm the most glorious of sights? How about three days later?
Remember the woman caught in the act……….remember her humiliation and suffering at the hands of others?
With the Lord’s presence and His word, her suffering turned to great joy. Immediately. Just ask her. Was her world ominous? Yep. Did the darkness remain? Nope. He took her sorrows and made them His own. Divine worth.
And the others? They walked away now bearing a load twice heavy as when they came. But there is One greater, more than willing to take the load…as a matter of fact He already has. There was another woman…. at the well. Just ask her.