In Light of Suffering

Apr 16, 2013

I originally scheduled another post for today. But it seemed trite, in light of suffering.

Yesterday morning, soon after I snagged my first cup of coffee and before the sun had filled the sky, I read the following. Later in the day, when news out of Boston slammed against my chest, I thought of it again.

I have no words. But Tozer’s give me something stronger than all my “why” questions to lean into to. I hope they do the same for you.

In this world where men forget us, change their attitude toward us as their private interests dictate, and revise their opinion of us for the slightest cause, is it not a source of wondrous strength to know that the God with whom we have to do changes not? That His attitude toward us now is the same as it was in eternity past and will be in eternity to come?…

In coming to Him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find Him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to love and faith. He does not keep office hours no set aside periods when He will see no one. Neither does He change His mind about anything. Today, this moment, He feels toward His creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent His only-begotten Son into the world to die for mankind.

God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm. His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when he drove out the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  —A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy


  1. Linda Lochridge Hoenigsberg

    Michelle, I just discovered the book “Crazy Love,” by Francis Chan (I must have been living under a rock) and as I was reading it last night I thought about this same thing. It is good to know this…really puts things in perspective. My prayers (and I’m sure yours) are with the families and people of Boston.

    • Michele

      Yes, praying with you. (P.S. I haven’t read it yet, either! It’s sitting on my shelf, neglected.)

  2. Esther

    Thanks for the perspective! We are not forgotten!

  3. Jonathan Harrison

    Thank you for sharing this – powerful, really. I too had a blog posting planned, but “Motivation & Discontent” just seemed at bit…irrelavent at the moment. Thank you for being a positive and constructive voice in the midst of darker happenings.

    • Michele

      Few things weed the trivial from the essential like tragedy. Thanks for stopping by, Jonathan.


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