WORDS OF LIFE with Barry Fraser Print E-mail
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

When someone is suffering, we do not know what they are going through. We do not have their personal experiences, level of faith, or their support system. Our limited ability to know the suffering of others is what makes Second Corinthians chapter 7, verse 6, so precious. Here, Missionary and prolific letter writer Paul describes our Heavenly Father as: “God, who comforts the downcast.”

Jesus knows us fully. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our family history, our biological makeup, our worldview. He knows us better than we know ourselves. And he also knows suffering on an intense, personal level. Jesus was a man of sorrows. He was mocked, betrayed, and humiliated. As he hung on the cross he was cut off from the Father. Jesus knew excruciating, overwhelming, crushing sorrow.

The combination of Jesus’ omniscience and personal experience with deep suffering perfectly equip him to comfort us in our own suffering. He really does know what we’re going through, and he is ready to comfort us when we are downcast. He meets us in our downcast state and pours out grace upon us.

Suffering tempts us to withdraw from God when in reality we should press hard into God. Are you downcast? Are you suffering? Draw near to the God who comforts the downcast. Draw near to the God who knows you exactly and knows exactly what you need. Draw near in your weakness and weariness.

God has a special place in his heart for the downcast. Move toward that place.

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