God who suffers with us

When disaster strikes we often ask why God doesn’t do something.Tim Keller reported that after the Nine-Eleven tragedy, eight hundred new people began attending his Manhattan church and most wanted to know what God had to say about it. Keller said: ‘I preached that Christianity is the only faith that tells you that God lost a child in an act of violent injustice…and is the only religion that tells you that God suffered as we have suffered.” The Gospel does not so much offer solutions to the problems of suffering, but rather provides the promise of a God who is with us in our suffering and says, “You are not alone, I know what it’s like and I’m here with you.” As an emergency service volunteer once said to me: ‘God may not have been in the disaster, but he sure was there in the rescue.

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