As the coronavirus continues its rapid spread around the world, many are questioning why a loving God — if one exists at all — would allow such great suffering. If he is so powerful, then why can’t he put an end to the virus?
These are legitimate and hard questions. I myself have wrestled with them and know others who have as well.
The truth is, we may never get the answers to these questions this side of eternity. But we can be comforted by the fact that our God isn’t just cognizant of our suffering. He suffers with us. That’s what is unique about the God of the Bible.
Jesus came to this earth on a mission to lay down his life for us: he came to die on a cross for our sins so that our broken relationship with God would be restored. He empathizes with us. Psalm 103:14 puts it this way, “He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust” (ESV). The God who made us knows us.
We see this truth more fully explained in Hebrews 4:14-16:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
So, if you feel like God stands at a distance from suffering, I want you to take to heart these three lessons from this passage in Hebrews:
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nick Hall