Journey of Transformation 有限者的覺悟

我如今所知道的有限,到那時就全知道,如同主知道我一樣 ~林前13。

[A Step Further] Sufferings (2): Ego Trip

Posted by Joyce Chen 許陳 明正 on July 25, 2008

I just couldn’t believe God would stoop down to give me [sufferings] just so He could look good.  That theory made it almost seem as if He were on some kind of an ego trip.

But think about that ego trip idea for a minute.  Suppose you–like God–were the most true, just, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy being in existence.  And what if everything else in the universe that had any of these qualities got them from you?  Because they reflected, to some extent, you?  For that matter, suppose that without you these qualities would never have existed?

If that were the case, then for anyone around you to improve in any way, they would have to become more like you.  For you to ask men to think about these good qualities would be to ask them to think about you.  Their ego trips would be wrong, for then they would be centering their thoughts around sin and imperfection.  But your ego trip would be glorious.  Indeed, it would be the only hope for mankind, for your so-called ego trip would revolve around perfection.

So when God asks us to think about Him, He asks us to think about everything that is true, just, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy.  This often requires suffering, and we think, “How awful.”  But actually His packages of suffering are wrapped with mercy, because He knows how desperately we need His qualities to become ours.  For what if God did “leave us alone”?  Suppose He never again sent any trials specifically intended to point us and others to Him.   Would all suffering cease?  Not on you life!  It would only abandon us to a form of suffering far worse.  Left to ourselves, with our sinful natures unchecked, in our greed and hate we would destroy one another.

But as it is, He screens the suffering, filtering it through fingers of love, giving us only that which works for good and which He knows will point us to Him.  And He knows something else too.  He knows that if we come to know Him as Savior and Lord, we will eventually go to heaven where we will never suffer again.     ~~Joni Eareckson Tada


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