To be human is to wrestle with our perception of an unfair suffering wherein we repeatedly ask, “Why?”. We ply our prayers with those three letters as tears stream and fists curl.
Some of the deepest sufferings known to humanity are pocked with those three letters as we desperately seek an answer to justify the jagged edges of our grief made manifest in guttural cries.
We aren’t alone in this.
Through the pages of Scripture, even the greatest heroes of the faith have wrestled with significant pain. Death of a beloved child (2 Samuel 12:16-17), infertility (1 Samuel 1:1-8), financial ruin (Job 1:12-17), and loss of health (Job 2:3-8), but all these common-to-humanity tragedies are far surpassed when the Father God gave His Son as a sacrifice on a cruel cross as payment for the sin of all of us. In one fell swoop, the Almighty suffered what He never wanted us to pass through: death apart from Him.
But Jesus did.
He suffered death, bearing the weight of every sin committed by every person from Hitler to Mother Teresa, to the human trafficker, to your pastor, to me, and you.
And He did it while being cut off from every good, kind aspect of Father God.
“My God, My God! Why have you abandoned Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Every drop of God’s love was removed so only wrath remained and this was poured out on the sinless Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
To pay for your sin and buy you back from the kingdom of sin and death that you might be transferred to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son, for that Beloved Son rose again, forever conquering death and the grave. (Colossians 1:13-14)
No more would sin win.
No more would death have the last word.
No more would tragedy of any kind be devoid of the Father’s goodness and love.
(1 Corinthians 15:23-28)
This abundance would be available to all people, of all nations, of all cities, villages, mansions, mud huts, or flats. (Revelation 5:9) The doorway to freedom, bought by the blood of Jesus, is repentance from sin that forgiveness may be applied to the whole of a sinner’s life, moving them from rebel to son or daughter. (Luke 24:46-47)
While this incredible truth doesn’t answer the why behind your tragedy, it does answer why we have hope. It’s why the sons of Korah could belt out their praise, “Therefore, we will not be afraid.”
Because of who God is,
and all He has done and promises He will yet do,
“Therefore, we will not be afraid.”
The song of love that makes sons and daughters of God fearless in the face of devastating disaster (1 John 4:18) is woven from generation to generation from Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15) to Korah’s sons (Numbers 26:11), to Joseph reuniting with his father (Genesis 45:28), to Hannah’s baby boy (1 Samuel 1:27-28), to the exiles set free (Ezra 1:3-4), to prisoner Paul who sings of a freedom those who would take his life knew nothing about (Romans 8:36-39)
Korah’s sons, whose literal songs told a tale of radical redemption, had tasted and seen, with confidence, of the love of God. This was the same love and the same God who would not even spare His own Son in order to bring us Home to Him centuries later. (Romans 8:32) The same God who is right now, at the moment your eyes read this, interceding for you and working every tragedy for your good if you have set your love upon Him and repented of your sin. (Romans 8:28, 1 John 2:1)
Are you singing this freedom today?
Your tragedy is real.
Your pain cuts deeply.
But your God is for you.
Sing with Korah’s Sons,
“Therefore, we will not be afraid!”
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