Spiritual Warfare Through Christian Unity by Bill McCracken is a brilliant treatise on the fullness of God’s love, being a light in the darkness and a reminder of faith.
Life is rarely, if ever, a constant stream of sunshine and rainbows. We all encounter darkness and moments of profound hardship. Sometimes, we find despair that tests the very core of our being. In these moments, it’s natural to question: where is God in all this? Does He even care?
The concept of a God who struggles alongside us in our darkest moments presents a fascinating paradox. On the one hand, we envision an omnipotent being, all-powerful and all-knowing. On the other hand, the idea of God experiencing struggle implies vulnerability, limitation, and even a degree of suffering.
This paradox, however, lies at the heart of many religious traditions. The stories of prophets and figures like Job, wrestling with doubt and loss, illustrate that God doesn’t shy away from our pain. He enters into the thick of it, feeling the weight of our burdens alongside us. Is that not why He sent us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.– John 3:16
The Fullness of God’s Love
While the idea of God struggling with us might initially seem counterintuitive, it offers profound comfort and meaning in the face of adversity. It tells us that our pain is not in vain, that it is seen and acknowledged by the highest power. Also, we must remember that God is the source of everything, and as such, it is not odd to say that:
While God may not experience hardship in the same way we do, He possesses perfect empathy. He understands the depth of our suffering, having created us with the capacity to feel. This understanding is not theoretical; it is a deep, emotional connection to our pain. His love for us is a light in the darkness.
God actively intervenes in our lives, working behind the scenes to orchestrate events and provide support. This intervention doesn’t always translate to immediate relief, but it signifies His presence and His commitment to seeing us through the darkness.
Even in the midst of darkness, God offers a light in the darkness. Through prayer, scripture, and the experiences of others, He provides the strength we need to keep going. His presence, even if unseen, reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles.
Furthermore, God’s struggle alongside us can be a source of immense strength. Knowing that we are not alone, that we are supported by a being who understands our pain and is actively working for our good, can give us the courage to face even the most daunting challenges. With God, we become weightless.
A Light in the Darkness
The journey through darkness is never easy. There will be times when doubt creeps in, and the path ahead seems impossible. But in those moments, remember that God is there, walking beside you, sharing your burden, and offering you hope. He may not always remove the darkness, but He will be your light, guiding you through the valley until you reach the dawn.
Remember, darkness is not at the end of the story. It is merely a chapter, albeit a challenging one, in the larger narrative of our lives. And within that chapter lies the potential for immense growth, resilience, and a deeper understanding of both yourself and the divine.
May you find strength and hope in the knowledge that you are not alone, even in your darkest moments. For God walks with you every step of the way.
If you’re looking for more to read up on regarding how God is with us all the way, Spiritual Warfare Through Christian Unity by Bill McCracken is available in all major online bookstores.