Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Complaining (Part 6)
Why Do Good Men Suffer?*
I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul.
I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, 'You are my Refuge,
My Portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your Name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.'
Psalm 142 (NKJV)
Why do good people suffer? It's a mountain shaped like a question mark, because wisdom requires elevation. Consider the shape: ?
The dot on the bottom is a boulder. It's a decision to step up and ask. Once you're there, only air is above you. A jump is required to climb this mountain. The first reach is a straight up Line from God. Believe! Next comes an inverted curve of logic. Because God's plan cannot be fully seen.
By faith, you pull forward hand over hand. Finally, you reach a lovely summit. You feel close to God and trust His endings. You know all wrongs will be righted by Him. Good people who suffer will find justice. You want to stay in this sweetest of spots.
But you still have a job to do, so you come down the other side. Back to earth and all its problems: the mission field of media.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Skeptics and atheists are stymied by this mountain of a question. Their complaint is understandable, but our best answers are incomplete. Consider God's answer to Job: 'Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand' (Job 38:4).
Even so, extend to your fans God's calling cards. They rise above misunderstandings and complaints. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
They give hurting hearts nourishment without judgment: inarguable answers for life's chief complaints. Maybe then they'll try climbing those question marks and discover God for themselves at the top.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC devotion: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? http://amtcdevotions.org/why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.