Hope that all the pain and suffering one endures is not in vain?
That there is a reason, or that it is valuable in some mysteriously divine redemptive way?
i hid my pain through love, but you, my children, you have numerous questions. You do not comprehend pain. You do not comprehend that through the love of God you need to accept pain and endure it.
Recently, even reading through the posts about how God could allow or ordain certain catastrophic scenario's where people have to suffer so much; i wanted to participate in the thread but was totally flummoxed, because no; i still do not comprehend pain.
Not going to lie, i find it abhorrent that God would 'let' certain heinous things occur in this world; or design things a certain way.
One of the biggest deterrents for anyone to have faith is to look around at the state of the world, They then decide there is no God, because of all the suffering there is. Young children suffering, the wicked getting away with their crimes..so much. It's hard to think God is in control at times.
People who may have prayed to God at one point, but felt none of their prayers were answered are left adrift believing there is no God, at least not one who cares about them or would intervene on their behalf on any level.
People not willing to tolerant pain try to run from it in all kinds of unhealthy ways as well.
I love this message and think its highly valuable. It links in with Jesus telling us that in this world we can expect trouble, but to take heart...
Also with his transfiguration; where upon facing his crucifixion, brought his disciplines up the mountain where he became the light of the world in front of them in a kind of beatific vision.
Maybe when we suffer; we can process whatever darkness it is; & when suffered with Jesus; It will be a thing of beauty. In the end. The Lord’s people
may suffer a lot,
but he will always
bring them safely through.