Sometimes I am hesitant to bring up a stray thought I have wrestled with because I don’t want to implant it in anyone else’s mind and cause them the same problem. One of my college professors did that once: he brought up a question that he didn’t really answer, and every now and then it comes back to mind and plagues me. I don’t know if I was too timid to ask him to elaborate — I don’t think it really occurred to me to do so then.
But part of “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5b) is looking for Bible answers with which to combat errant thoughts, and, if we can’t find a direct answer, trusting what we do know of His character.
One of those thoughts that threatens my peace from time to time has to do with God’s care in our suffering. As much as I have thought and read about suffering and looked for Scriptural reasons for suffering, and know that He does have a reason for everything He allows, He does care and is with us in our trials, still sometimes the thought comes to mind that this is all for His purposes and His glory and we’re just expendable casualties. And though I am not suffering anything in particular just now and hadn’t thought about this lately, the passages in Daily Light this morning provided a welcome balm against such thoughts:
I know their sorrows.
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. – Touched with the feeling of our infirmities.
Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. – Jesus being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well.
When Jesus … saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. Jesus wept. – For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
He hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death. – He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. – When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.
He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. – In all their affliction he was afflicted; and the angel of his presence saved them.
EXO. 3:7. Isa. 53:3. Heb. 4:15. Matt. 8:17. -John 4:6. John 11:33,35. Heb. 2:18. Psa. 102:19,20. Job 23:10. Psa. 142:3. Zech. 2:8. Isa. 63:9.
There are many others as well, such as:
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:1-2.
Maybe it would be a good idea to collect them all in one place and add to them as I find them so that I can come back to them when that thought comes around again.
And while I was looking for something else this morning, I came across a video of a song along these lines sung by Christy Galkin. I hope it is a blessing to you.