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Contemplating Suffering

Psalms 55:1-7 :

For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David.

Listen to my prayer, God.
Don’t hide yourself from my supplication.
Attend to me, and answer me.
I am restless in my complaint,
and moan because of the voice of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they bring suffering on me.
In anger they hold a grudge against me.
My heart is severely pained within me.
The terrors of death have fallen on me.
Fearfulness and trembling have come on me.
Horror has overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!
Then I would fly away, and be at rest.
Behold, then I would wander far off.
I would lodge in the wilderness.”


There comes a time when persecution is so strong that you wish that you could just disappear. One of the evidences that God is real and that the Bible is true, is that it tells us that people are like this. They are so intent on rebellion that they will torture people who, not only are not harming them, they don't even want to be there. That deep, strong, irrational desire to do harm against those who haven't done any harm to them, clearly shows us that what the Bible says about mankind is true. People will do almost anything to rebel against God.

David was God's anointed king and he was allowed by God to suffer like this. That's not a very nice thing to think about, but what I want to point out is that if you are suffering, you should not assume that God is against you. God's most loved people suffered, including Jesus Himself, but suffering isn't automatically a sign of God's punishment.

I also don't believe it is rational to want to be tortured. David didn't want this to be happening to him. God uses suffering for good, but He didn't make us to suffer. We know that this is true because someday suffering will be taken away from us permanently. If suffering was a truly good thing, God would bless us with it for eternity. That, as I hope you know, is absurd. Suffering is normally a punishment and only those who refuse Jesus will suffer forever. Our suffering can help remind us to do something to stop others from having to suffer, but we should be glad that God will remove all suffering from us someday.

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