Sunday, October 10, 2010

My burdens

I read this passage today in Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

"Why does God allow his choldren to suffer?". This is a question I'm not sure anyone can fully answer. Why does someone struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, tobacco,same gender attraction, pornography? How can a loving god allow his children to be abused, neglected, and exploited?

Why did he allow his son to suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane and then again on the cross? He who has all power could have caused it all to end and save his beloved son from unspeakable suffring. But he didn't.

As I struggle with my burdens I need to rely on the fact that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son as a willing sacrifice. Were it not for that sacrifice none of us would be saved. He did not remove the trial from his Son so why would he remove my trials?

Instead because of the Savior's prayer God the Father sent an angel to strnengthen him in his trial. Perhaps I need to change my prayer to make me equal to my trial and not to have it removed.

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