It is good that I am not God. Now, after the shouts of, “Hallelujah!” and “Amen!” cease from being heard around the world, I will continue. And why do I say that it’s not good for me to be God? Bypassing the obvious, take a look at the following scripture.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1John 4:16-18.
My love is not perfect. My love would say and do what I could to end someone’s suffering for the moment, because I would not want to see that one hurting. This mindset comes from being able to see only this moment in time.
I’m writing this as I watch my Mom suffer the effects of dementia. Her mind rages in a storm of confusion and anxiety most days. She cries out to go home; for the Lord to take her home. Yet, she remains. In thinking on these things, the Lord’s Holy Spirit whispered into my heart, “because my love for her is perfect, and…
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
I can’t often see the good the Lord is working in her but because I know my God is faithful and true, I know He is working for her good. Above and beyond that He is working for my good. This goodness will turn to glory for Him and for us. There is a purpose.
God’s love is perfect. His love allowed, ordained, and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the pains of humiliation, crucifixion, and separation for the good He would do in His Son. It brought forth the Son’s resurrection and glory, as well as, insuring our own resurrection and glory.
God’s love did not keep His Son from suffering when He called out to His Father,
“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42.
The Son took His cup of suffering and finished it.
“It is finished.” John 19:30.
As the Son’s suffering came to its end, so, the Father will bring our suffering to its end…but only when suffering’s work is completed in us.
At this moment in time the suffering continues, the hurt we feel for the suffering continues, and the sure hope of deliverance continues, because as the Son was delivered so shall we be.
Because God’s love is perfect, He allows and has ordained our suffering to work a completed work in us and through us; a work that brings good for more than just the sufferer. There is glory being worked in us now, and a future glory that follows.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 2Cor. 4:17.
I saw a bit of that glory this morning in my Mom as she spoke of her assurance of eternal glory and her desire to go home. One day she will know the complete glory of the Lord as she sees His face for the first time. Until then…
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence. I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:5-8.
And let us continue…
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2.
One day, all who believe will see Him there, face to face. How small our trials will seem then. Thank you, Jesus for your perfect love.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1Peter. 3-7.