Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.“
Suffering can make you feel isolated and alone. Suffering can also make you feel as if God has forsaken you. Suffering can make you feel as if God has no power, or control, or ability to change your present situation. However, when suffering brings all of these doubts, it is important to remember that Scripture tells us that we have an ever-present God who will never leave us nor forsake us.
When we are mindful of God’s nearness, then we place our hope in Him and are more aware of His presence. God is not distant, or disconnected from the real pain and suffering that His people face in life. He is near to them, and this truth brings hope.
God’s faithfulness is not based on our righteousness, but on His. And while our love for Him may be weak at times, His love for us never fades or diminishes. He remains faithful, and is ever-present with us based on His character, and not our own. Therefore, the truth of God’s presence brings great comfort to the sufferer.
Friends, our hope is not found in understanding why God allowed suffering into our lives. Our hope is not found in the belief that somehow we will work through tough times.. Our hope is not found in doctors, lawyers, pastors, family, or friends. Our hope is not found in our resilience. Our hope is not found in ideas or things. Our hope ultimately rests in the faithful and gracious presence of the Lord who is with us.