Memoirs of A Pastor: Entry 66

*I have decided to share a choice few entries of my memoir.*

December 4, 2016; 1844 hours

As with any other Christian, I am fascinated with the study of theodicy, particularly with why we suffer. Yet I am primarily intrigued as a theologian and prospecting pastor. When it comes to suffering, we ask the wrong question. We always venture to answer the question: Why? Answering this question is to solve a problem. There is no answer to the “why” of our suffering other than the rebellion of man at the Fall and Christ is the solution to that problem. By attempting to answer the “why” to each of our individual sufferings is to find an answer already given to us in Scripture and already resolved in Christ, who suffered on our behalf. Christ not only suffered God’s wrath for our sake but it is also to suffer just to be human!

Thus the right question ought to be: What? What do I do with my suffering? Those who don’t know Christ find empty comfort in chemical dependence, sex, pornography, and other wretched forms of idolatry. Since Christ is the solution to our “why,” it also remains that He is the cornerstone of our “what.” He is the solution as our propitiation, thus He is the answer to our “what.” “Come to Me,” He says, “all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). By this He is the ultimate fulfilment of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”


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