This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Spill Your Guts!
Perhaps to be able to explain suffering is the clearest indication of never having suffered. Sin, suffering, and sanctification are not problems of the mind, but facts of life—mysteries that awaken other mysteries until the heart rests in God, and waiting patiently knows “He does all things well.”
Oh, the unspeakable joy of knowing that God reigns! That He is our Father, and that the clouds are but “the dust of His feet”! Religious life is based and built up and matured on primal implicit trust, transfigured by Love; the explicit statement of that life can only be made by the spectator, never by the saint.
From Christian Disciplines
C.S. Lewis wrote in one of his most profound books, The Problem Of Pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Suffering has a way of getting us to what matters most by filtering out the things that were clamoring for our attention before. God speaks in our pain because God stepped into our pain. Jesus was called a Man of sorrows because He experienced every pain you and I will ever experience; in fact, He experienced it with even greater intensity that you and I can ever experience!
Are you in pain? Are you suffering? No one can know what is really in your heart, except the One who knows you better than even your closest friend. Spill your guts, don’t hold back, tell Him all that’s on your mind. He already knows your thoughts, so let loose in His presence, and feel how close your Comforter is to you.