What’s God’s/The Divine’s Answer to Those in Pain/Suffering? “Me Too.”

23 Aug

Hi everyone-


I hope you’re having a spectacular day.  I got to take Lara school clothes shopping yesterday, which was fun as she smiles and beams over having cool new digs to wear. 🙂


Yesterday, I saw a fellow blogger reference a passage from the Book of Job (you can check it out here: http://tworiversblog.com/2013/08/22/the-pain-82213/).  Job is about how a good person suffers greatly for no reason and asks God why.  His suffering is so great that he desires death:


“O that I might have my request,
    and that God would grant my desire;
that it would please God to crush me,
    that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!” (Job 6:8-9, New Revised Standard Version)


Have you ever experienced something so traumatic that part of you, or for a moment, you wished to die?  I hope not, yet I have, so I assume others have as well.  Job loses his possessions, property, family, and finally his health.  He has basically everything of value in life taken away from him.  So, quite naturally he cries out to God, “Why?!!”  In fact, he does so repeatedly, poetically, dramatically, and emphatically … demanding that God answer him.  I think this is a fundamental issue for all humanity.  For those who believe in the Divine: “How/why does this bad thing happen?” and those who don’t “If there was a God this wouldn’t happen.”


So, what is God’s answer?  In The Book of Job, the Creator doesn’t so much answer why per se, but tells Job there’s far much more going on than meets the eye, and much more than humans can grasp.  This can be helpful, but I don’t think it’s the definitive answer the Divine gives.  I believe that when we experience (or see others experience) death of a mom, death of an infant, cancer, divorce, miscarriage, betrayal, theft, etc. and ask/wonder why, “God, why am I/she/he in such pain?”  God’s answer is actually, “Me too.” 


I say that because I think that’s a fundamental thing Jesus shows.  God comes to live and die with humanity and experience all our joys and pains.  In short, God’s answer to why there is pain and suffering isn’t an explanation, it’s solidarity.  It’s I am standing right next to you and feeling the same pain you are.  This, I think, is actually better than any explanation.  This gives us the support, comfort, and companionship to walk through our pains.  This is love.


What do you think?


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Grace and peace,

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