It Sucks and It Hurts

(From May 2, 2018)

God is good.

God still heals today.

The enemy is real. He still works his evil schemes throughout the Earth.

Sometimes people get sick. Cancer and other life-ending diseases run rampant across our world.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Terror attacks, heinous shootings, and tragic accidents take the lives of people we know and love.

Sometimes we pray for people with terminal illnesses and they still die.

It sucks and it hurts.

Earlier this week, a young woman who my daughter knew from her junior high youth group days died in a freak, single-car accident.

Today at work, a beloved coworker announced that she can no longer continue working because of how badly cancer has ravaged her body. This comes on the heels of a poor report from her doctor regarding life expectancy.

It sucks and it hurts.

I say the words. I pray the prayers. But, truth be told, I don’t have the faith that my prayers will lead to healing of a terminal illness like cancer.

My heart aches as I live in the midst of this tension… the tension of two kingdoms at war… the tension of uncertainty of the outcome of the battles.

Yet, this I remind myself to be true: the outcome of the battles may be uncertain, but the results of the war are not. Jesus has won. It is finished, as He said. Sorrows may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

I find myself drawn to worship in times like this. Sometimes we fight the battles when we worship. Other times we recover from losing a battle when we worship. Worship brings us peace and comfort. Worship brings us perspective that we can’t see in the midst of the fight. Worship takes our eyes off ourselves and the problems around us, and focuses them on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.

Your name, Your name Is victory
All praise, will rise to Christ, our king

Your name, Your name Is victory
All praise, will rise to Christ, our king

By Your spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat
The resurrected King is resurrecting me

In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory
The resurrected King is resurrecting me

Resurrecting by Elevation Worship

As an aside, I might argue that the line should say “The resurrected King has resurrected me.” We died with Christ – past tense. We rose with Christ – past tense. He’s already done the work. However, that’s a topic for another post at another time.

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