The Bible is filled with the testimony of suffering fathers. Think of the certain suffering of our first father – Adam – when his son Cain murdered his son Abel. Consider the suffering of Noah as he foresaw the destruction of his community and the then known world. Mediate on the suffering of Abraham as he longed and prayed for a child – only to have God demand that he give the child up to a premature, sacrificial death. Continue Reading
The Heart of God
I wonder if you have ever had the experience of finding a book so emotionally painful that you have been unable to continue reading it – I know I have. Many years ago I recall being unable to continue reading the book – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” [a book about the extermination of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century] and more recently setting aside a book on the Holocaust. It is hard, sometimes impossible, to contemplate such suffering and inhumanity.
I came across a story last week about a single mother of 4 children living in the south of Scotland. One evening she was in the local Pub when she met a man who, although a Christian, was by no means walking with God at that point in his life. However, in his confused state he shared Jesus with her and in the weeks that followed her life was totally turned round as she started to follow Jesus for herself. Not only was she and her family transformed but the man she had met was also restored to fellowship with The Father. Continue Reading
The word “forsaken” has, for me, a desolate and dark ring about it. It is one of these terms that create within me a distinct feeling of desertion – it seems more than just a descriptive word!
That many people in our world, for a million reasons, feel forsaken there is no doubt. From the forgotten and abused children everywhere to the man who has squandered the wealth that had once bought him many friends – the silent pain of the forsaken debilitates and destroys. May God have mercy and grace towards them.
Its strange how we [at least me] can so often pass over parts of the Bible and miss the striking truth it contains. I have often read and heard quoted Isaiah 57:15 –
“The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.”