There is a lot of suffering in the world. There is personal anguish and anxiety. There is family and relationship stress. There is oppression and violence and war.
None of this surprises me because we live in a broken world. But it bothers me. It bothers me because it’s not what God intended.
So, in a sense, the suffering that is in our lives and world, reminds me that all suffering is temporary—and that, one day, God will bring to completion his global renovation and make all things beautiful and new.
Revelation 21:4 gives us a glimpse: “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Hope doesn’t completely pull out the knife of your suffering; but it does assure you that one day your wound and pain will be a distant memory. The hope of Christ slides in close, puts its arm around you and says, quietly and confidently, ‘With me, your greatest joy and peace are not in your past—but still to come.’
Whatever you’re going through, have hope.
Suffering bothers us because we know it’s not supposed to be that way—and one day, it won’t be.
By Matthew Ruttan