When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 7
As a child hunkers down on their mother’s lap, so I come to you, Abba, longing for comfort, for answers.
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 7. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. Let’s get back to where we left off.
She was so grateful for the peace and safety of her BFF’s Mom’s home, a place she had called home years ago for a season. It was here she got back into the abiding with her Heavenly Father and feeding her soul. Sure, desperation had driven her there, unanswered prayer kept her there, but she knew that even when victory came, whatever it looked like, she would be changed for eternity.
She didn’t realize until she was back in His Word that she had nearly starved her soul of true feedings from it. This season of longsuffering was beginning to reveal a lot of her own shortcomings. She began another study with Tony Evans on The Names of Jesus, of which there are 85 in the Old Testament alone! 😊 All of these names describe who He is and what He does.
She listened and took notes, feasting on the spoken truths:
Elohim, which translates to strong one, creator. He is our creator, my creator. He said let us make man in our image and He saw that it was very good. He understands what/who He has created. He is able to relate to us and with us no matter what we are going through. If we believe He created us, then why wouldn’t we believe He understands us and every emotion that runs thru us?
“God, I have gone through so much already; why, oh why are you allowing this?” She wondered aloud. She kept listening and writing.
Adoni: This name means the boss, the one who is over all creation. Why is it we want Him to be God in our lives without allowing Him to be Adoni, the boss?
Lord: Means Covenant-keeping God, in other words a promise keeper!
“Lord, you are all about covenant; please help me trust You to help keep our covenant intact.”
These truths calmed and assured her; they began to work like glue for her shattered heart.
As the days began to blur one into another without seeing him, her mind filled with despair because of the abstinence of answers or explanations and she drew on the names of God.
After dinner, her phone buzzed to notify her of a text. It was from their realtor. The buyers who had just opened escrow had backed out…they changed their mind! This was the second time this had happened and she knew in her soul that God was fighting for their marriage. He had acted as her Lord, intervening to prevent something that could have made reconciliation even more difficult.
She slept that night wrapped in His Lordship
Feasting in His promises and principles…