In the Service of Suffering

April 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


Then you have decided to die of smallpox?

Only if it be God’s will,” replied Hester. “To that, and that alone have I made up my mind. If I die of the smallpox, it will not be because it could not be helped, or because I caught it by chance; it will be because God has willed it as best for me and for us all. It will not be punishment for breaking His laws. He loves none better, I believe, than those who break the laws of nature to fulfill the laws of the Spirit.”
~ ~George MacDonald – The Gentlewoman’s Choice

“The story of Job was written to demonstrate before Satan and his angels that a person can love and trust God for who He is, in Himself and not merely for what he/she gets out of Him. God doesn’t want people to become His children just as an insurance policy against trouble and suffering.”
~ ~ Alister Begg – Why Suffering?

At the core of my knowing, I know God can do or undo anything. The impossible is NORMAL to Him. Its not surprising that I ask “Why?” to suffering. Suffering is the thing we least understand; even after all the years, all the sages, philosophers, think-tanks, preachers, teachers and “experts of this field”; we all end up on our knees – dumb, deaf and blind. To truly know suffering one must look no further than Yeshua (Jesus) – not just on the cross – but every word written about Him; every word He speaks to this day. As we look at Isaiah 53, sermons echo, books published, conferences attended, expositions made, songs, hymns, poems written, pictures painted…still they pale. For LOOK – really look at the words.

(I have typed it out and its on the link below, to keep the length of this post as “short” as
possible – for which I confess this will be one of the longest post to date here on Hisimagenme. I pray you will click and read before moving on as the “momentum” gets lost without it)

Instead of picturing the Yeshua (Jesus) that has always at best been mildly handsome; picture instead something like Down-syndrome individual. The words of Isaiah then get rendered justly. Instead of imagining the Yeshua who was sturdy and at the least physically unafflicted; imagine Him with a weak immune system, prone to illness. Then the Word finds its strength in truth. Instead of imagining Yeshua as having a “people magnetism”, imagine Him ridiculed and avoided because they believed that ill people were cursed by God! Then you begin to understand how little we render the prophesy real. Imagine now, not a crowd of grieving on-lookers but instead only mockers and inciters following Him to the affixing of the cross in place. Those who had followed Him, turned away at best, in confusion; at worst…shame.Now add to this reality that He heard His Father tell Him to do all this and obeyed because it pleased the Father; then we begin to understand why we grapple with suffering!

Rejection? Who can educate on this subject better? Who is more rejected than God? Who knows better the pain of something or someone cherished taken from them; by death, by disease, by lies, by hatred, by love of themselves, by betrayal? Who can tell Him about unspeakable physical pain? When we have “seen” Him on the cross; we’ve seen flailed, beaten, flogged, bruised, thorned and bleeding man – but LOOK inside! EVERY single disease, cancer, diabetes, syndrome, flesh killing, heart rending, physical, emotional, and mental affliction from Adam and Eve to the unnamed last – all fell upon Him. Who can comprehend suffering like Him?

The Passion by Mel Gibson did much to give a realistic persecutional perspective of Yeshua’s suffering and highlighted a bit of the spiritual. Yet it left out the illnesses! Ben Hur with Charleston Heston gave a glimpse – as Judah’s mother and sister walked away from the site of our Savior situated on the will of His Father.
The thunder cracked and winds blew
While their skin began to renew
Upon the Servant of Sufferings hands
Their leprous leisions obey His commands
All sin, all sickness, all disease, all forms of sins appearing
While their skin was clearing
His was rending, inside and out. Cancers grew, bowels rejected, kidney’s failed, liver bloated, tumors formed. Not one persons pain, not one from all eternity did He get spared. He opened His whole being and embraced it all, absorbed it; held it until His Father was done with it in and upon Him. Like an “eighth day” of creation, all sin and suffering hid His frame from the Father – death swallowed in victory, but the Father again pronounced “It is good.” “It is Finished.”

I stub my toe and feel like some injustice has jumped up and bit me! I get sick and throw my countenance out into a long suffering future that CAN NEVER HAPPEN! I feel weaker as the years “pull my youth” from my bones and grasp and stretch to pull it back.

Suffering is the number one thing we avoid. Believers and non-believers alike. Time has not changed this. Our “understanding” is still deaf and dumb. We can only trust – accept that it is good. Acceptance isn’t longing for it; but embracing it as a lover finally home after a long separation. Holding on to it and all it offers until God has made me good inside it. Its the fire that burns away all impurities; if we ask it to stay until that Voice calls it to quit because the beauty is now unsurpassed.

I am most uneducated in suffering because I think I know what it looks like. The enemy is always happy to teach me “what I don’t know”. But none compare to Yeshua! Only He can shrink a boil without any substance but His Love. Only He can cause a mad-mind to calm like the Sea of Galilee with words. He alone has traversed the universe of pain, loss, madness, disease, cruelty, hatred, rejection, abandonment, betrayal – this “science” is known only to Him. The Healer, Restorer, Completer, Resurrection, Author and Finisher of Life. And He suffered, oh how He suffered! But Life was born within it – not death!!


How strange this fear of death is, we are never frightened of a sunset. ~ George MacDonald

Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to the honest. They are the first knock at the door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood. Doubt must precede every deeper assurance. ~ George MacDonald

I should like to think that on the affliction I feel both inward and in my physical body; that God is squeezing something in and at the same time something out. Pain sends signals from nerve to brain and tends to forget to consult the heart. Perhaps the thinking has nothing to do with it. For the heart breaks when nothing physical has been burdened; and keeps beating – skipping all the while my soul is racked with pain. Pain and suffering answer and obey One Voice – God is the Pain-Whisperer. He is the wildfire that puts right the suffering soul. ~ L.R.V.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤



  1. Lolita X. Guthrie said,

    Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Consider the Savior crucified, racked with anguish far beyond anything we can imagine, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or making mouths in bitter contempt of the poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the Crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not have unanimously “honored” Him with such contempt. Was it not evil confessing, in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph, that after all it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness that was then reigning on the cross?


    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Thank you Lolita for that wonderful input and perspective! I think if I ponder on just Yeshua on that cross alone, enough could be written on my heart to convince me…HE IS GOD!!
      Grace and peace to you, in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah…


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