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19th March 2023 – Minister’s Letter – God and Disaster, Part 4

Minister’s Letter – God and Disaster, Part 4

As I close this short series of notes, is there any encouragement and comfort from God in the face of disaster? Yes! Consider the following:

1.   God himself knows pain – Isaiah 53:3 describes the suffering servant of God (whom we understand to be Jesus) as being “despised and rejected by humankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.” 

2.   God hears the cries of those in pain – Exodus 2:23-25 tells us that when the Israelites cried out to God in their suffering, God heard them and was concerned. 

3.   God comforts those in pain – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 exclaims “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

4.   God promises an end to pain – Revelation 21:3-4 paints the following picture of the age to come: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Before Christ returns disasters will remain with us, and yet God himself is a constant presence, comforting and strengthening us as we endure. Lean on him.

Martin Kemp