A friend of mine said “No one gets out of life unscathed”. Isn’t that the truth! The next chapter of the Kingdom, Chapter 14 “The Flatlands”, touches on suffering, and what I’d been taught from those who’d gone before me. I have learned the most from people who have lost the most. They suffered. They have overcome giants.
Why does an all powerful, all loving God, permit suffering? Its a question we all ask, because we all hurt. Its a question we can ask God. He may not give a reason, but He will give comfort. What I have learned from my walk with the King is that he does not dismiss or diminish suffering, even though the reasons for it are not offered. He will bring meaning out of it, if we trust Him, if we permit Him. He will use suffering to fashion something above human reason that is of immense value, something that has dignity, beauty, and honour.
The King did not get out of life unscathed either. He has the scars to prove it. He, the Great I AM, got down into this suffering world with us. What my Grandfather got told, when he most needed to hear it, was “Christ suffered too”.
What I needed to learn, was never give up.
Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere. Hebrews 10:35
The King even tells what the reward is; “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
Keep the faith.