I’ve been reading a book by Nancy Guthrie. She has lost two of her children and wrote a devotional to help others who walk through suffering. It has really helped me in this time and I’m grateful for it. Thank you Jenifer for recommending it to me. This is some of what I’ve been processing as I’ve been reading her book. Hope you enjoy.
“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
I’m not saying this to minimize anyone’s suffering…mine included. I’m writing this because it helps put our suffering into perspective. Jesus cares about us in our suffering. He cares when tragedy happens. In fact, part of the reason He came was to put an end to tragedy and suffering. Because of Him there will be a day when there are no more tears. For those of us who believe in and follow Him; it’s what we are looking forward to.
But Jesus isn’t just about ending suffering and tragedy. He is about saving us from the ultimate tragedy…life apart from Him. He came to make a way for us to be made right with God. Because of Him we have a sure hope that we will be welcomed in to glory. We have hope now in this life and in the life to come.
When His children walk through tragedy and suffering here on earth they don’t have to walk through it without hope. But not everyone has that hope. Jordan and I have this hope in the midst of this suffering. We have hope that one day we will see our son again. We have hope that we will be welcomed in to eternity. We have hope that makes those dark and hard days worth living. And we want to share that hope with those who don’t have it. This is ultimately why we are going back to India. We believe God wants people in India to hear about the hope we have in Jesus. And we believe that God will bring some (hopefully many) to see and receive the hope He has provided through Jesus.
This passage in Luke is comforting because it shows us that not all suffering is a result of our sin. We did not lose Micaiah because of our sin. God chose us to be Micaiah’s parents and He chose to take Micaiah home. He did both for His glory. But losing Micaiah is not the greatest tragedy. Jesus says that unless we repent we will all perish. And to perish without Jesus is the greatest tragedy. I really hope you hear my heart. Losing our son is a great tragedy. I love and miss him so much. But to live with out knowing Jesus as your hope is an even greater one.