How do We Trust God when Suffering is Long and Hard

"Mrs. Smith, come to the front desk, please." rambled the intercom around her. Slumped over herself, head in hands, stale cup of coffee at her feet. Red, tired eyes. Evidence of the stream of tears that had become her. Quickly she jumps to her feet and hastens to the front desk. Desperate to hear news of her husband. 

Mr. Smith hadn't felt well for months now. A midnight call for an ambulance and now at the hospital. She waits. Praying. Crying out to God to not take her husband and even better yet - to heal him. 

An illness that clashed with medicine left him paralyzed, he just made it to the ER. Just in time. Before the paralyzes took his heart and lungs. 

Her panicked heart cried, "I'm a young wife and mother, Lord! We have a baby! Please help. Heal my husband!"

Her life changed, it had already started, she just didn't realize it at the time. A new life of frequent hospital trips, surgeries, and false hopes. 

Were was God, she wondered? Was He not all powerful? Is He not all loving? Than why! Why would He allow her to bear this load for so long? Where was He? 

Beyond weary. Emotionally empty. Completely done. She had changed. 



If God is all loving why do we suffer? Why does God allow pain?
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Anyone can trust God through one bad day, but how do we trust God through the long haul? When suffering continues?


In Habakkuk, it's only 3 chapters, we find God's prophet asking similar questions. All the why's and how much longer questions. 

He had to witness such violence and he prayed for God to intervene, yet God didn't swoop down and change everything for the better when he prayed. 

Or what of the story of Mary and Martha, when their brother Lazarus died? Jesus was their friend, more than just a miraculous healer walking through town. Yet, God did not rush to keep Lazarus from death. 

Martha asked God similar questions as Habakuk asked. She questioned...Why God?

In both stories, we learn that there is a waiting period that God requires of us at times. A waiting through the suffering. A trusting Him through the suffering. 

Jesus resurrects Lazarus, for all to see, to bring glory to God. A family and friend reunited. A miraculous moment the world should never forget. Being raised from the dead is kind of a big deal. 

And Habakkuk, God told him to wait, it will come. Go ahead and read Habakkuk chapter 2 and see God's response. 



"Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."
 

Habakkuk 2:2-3



How, as Christians do we trust God in the long haul of suffering?


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Be encouraged friend. 





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