When is all the misery going to go away?
Dear In Anguish,
When we get home. Some questions that we receive here at AYP really do break our hearts – perhaps none more than this one. Suffering is one of the most poignant experiences of human existence, and all the great men and women of the Bible faced it. David said that his bed swam with tears many nights (Ps 6:6-7). He also said that his sorrow was continually before him (Ps 38:17). Isa 53:3 calls Jesus the “Man of Sorrows”. Suffering is a constant reminder that this world is not our home and that our spirits will someday rise upward to meet our God (Eccl 3:19-21). All of God’s faithful are strangers and pilgrims on this planet (Heb 11:13).
We cannot imagine what you are going through; you alone know your heart’s grief (Pr 14:10). There is hope. Trials can make us stronger if we reach out to the Lord (Rom 5:3-5). If there is anything we can do, or if we can put you in contact with a faithful congregation that could buoy you up and prepare you for heaven, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.