Wednesday, July 28 |

Serving in Joy, Through Pain

This is the second half of the broadcast from Revive Our Hearts, with speaker Rachel Barkey. She answers the question, 'why is there pain and suffering this world'?:


"Many have asked why. Why is this happening to you, to Neil, to Quinn and Kate, to your family and friends? I don't ask why because I know the answer, and here it is. We live in a sinful world. Bad things happen, but it was not supposed to be this way, and it will not always be this way. ..........  God has a plan. He has made a way for sinful people, you and me, to be with Him in a perfect world. The way is Jesus.  ...........  So God is being patient, patient so that everyone has the opportunity to repent and to make things right with Him. That is why there is evil and suffering in the world, because when He does return to bring judgment, there will be no second chances.
I am dying, but so are you. Neither of us knows if he will even see tomorrow, and perhaps the reason that I am suffering now, the reason that God is waiting to bring judgment against all the evil in this world, is because He's waiting for you, for you to acknowledge your sin and to turn to Him for forgiveness. Maybe you are the one we are waiting for.
Jesus suffered. God did not spare Him. Why would He spare me if my suffering would result in good for you? If my suffering is the means that God would use to bring even one person to Himself, it is an honor for me to suffer."


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Revive Our Hearts
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