“I know their sorrows”

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.

8 thoughts on ““I know their sorrows”

  1. Our preacher brought a good series on the thought of what the Lord does for us in suffering. He based it on Philippians 3:10-14. The first phase that comes to mind on the believer’s suffering is, “that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, …”
    Still, suffering is what is is.
    Thank you for provoking my thoughts to love and good works today, Miss Barbara ~
    :-}pokey

  2. I had never thought of introducing “stray thoughts” that could plague another until recently, when I did it unintentionally and saw the consequences of it. I’ve never seen this problem addressed before and found it infinitely fascinating that you would bring it up this morning. I know that’s not the entirety of your point today but that’s the part I’m honing in on since I’ve done it and now realize I need to be careful never to do it again.

    Thinkin’ about that again now!

  3. Very encouraging thoughts, Barbara. I appreciate all of those verses gathered into one place. They’re a welocme counterpoint to the passage I’ve been mulling over the past year… which is not so nice. When going through a difficult time, the Lord reminded me of this:

    5“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord
    or lose heart when reproved by him;

    6for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;

    he scourges every son he acknowledges.”

    7Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline?c 8If you are without discipline, in which all have shared, you are not sons but bastards. 9Besides this, we have had our earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not [then] submit all the more to the Father of spirits and live?d 10They disciplined us for a short time as seemed right to them, but he does so for our benefit, in order that we may share his holiness. 11At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.

    Verse 7 shouted out that my suffering was to be endured as His discipline. Ouch! However, if the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” is the outcome, then I’m willing to submit to the Lord’s discipline, no matter how painful.

  4. I struggle with this “stray thought” too, so I’m glad you addressed it. Sometimes others are able to carry out our thoughts beyond the dead-ends our situation or temperament might lead us to.

  5. In my life, I was never more sure of God’s presence than during my worst trials. Times when I leaned on God to get me through the day, five minutes at a time. It’s only when my life gets to calm and stress free that I struggle with keeping that close connection with God. It’s then that I need those “revivals” that you mentioned the other day.
    I don’t know why God allows suffering but I have experienced His care and comfort during my worst trials and there is honestly nothing like it.

    • I’ve found that to be true, too. Though I still would rather trials and suffering didn’t have to be a part of life, the fellowship with the Lord is unlike at any other time.

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