God Redeems Our Broken Hearts: Why We Can Trust Through Suffering
I’ve come across the theme of trusting in God through suffering a lot lately. As someone who has watched someone I love, who faithfully loved the Lord, suffer from a grave illness for 6+ years and then tragically die, I think a lot of times people who do not know Christ wonder how I can still trust in an all-powerful, loving, merciful God. Though most others have suffered much worse than I, when I think about it, a lot of times even I wonder how I can trust and believe in Christ after watching something like that. And I don’t know what you believe about God in relation to suffering. I don’t really even know what I believe about God in relation to suffering. I know he’s good. I know he’s all-powerful. I know he is merciful and loves us so much that he sent his only son to die so that we could avoid suffering. And I know his character is one that longs to see his children escape suffering and experience complete unity with him. But heartbreak happens and when God doesn’t make it disappear, what do we do? How do we trust him if he says he loves us but he still lets us suffer?
I’ve mostly run across this theme in music — most recently in a song I’m singing to my church tomorrow. When I started to learn the lyrics, I knew I had to think about why I trusted in God after tragedy. I can’t stand in front of hundreds of people and tell them to trust God in suffering unless I knew why I did. Why did I trust God after he didn’t give me the answer I asked for?
I don’t know what to tell you about why we suffer. But I can tell you this. I can trust God today because he has redeemed my heartbreak. Whatever caused the sickness and death and brokenness to come into my life, God took all of it and brought me joy again. I don’t think God caused me to suffer for his glory but I do think God took my suffer and turned it into something beautiful for his glory. His grace is outpouring and his love is never ending. I trust in Him because he has held me close to his heart and redeemed every broken piece of my heart.
No matter what you believe about God in relation to suffering, no matter if you have been given the answer you asked for or not, know this: God redeems your heartbreak. His heart breaks with yours and he longs to hold you close. He loves you so much that he sent his only son to die so that you would hurt less. So that you would live more. He longs for you to avoid suffering and have joy. You can trust in God when he doesn’t move the mountain because he’s not afraid of your anger and hurt and tears and he longs to fix every broken piece of your heart.
He is always good and he longs to redeem us.
With that knowledge, I think I can confidently share this song with my church tomorrow.