Saturday, June 03, 2006

CQOD: 06/02/06 -- Streeter: God shares our suffering

Christian Quotation of the Day

June 2, 2006
    For he said, "Surely they are my people,
        children who will not deal falsely."
        And he became their Savior.
    In all their affliction he was afflicted,
        and the angel of his presence saved them;
    in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
        he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
    -- Isaiah 63:8,9 (ESV)

    In the Old Testament, we find the idea that God enters into the sufferings of His people. “In all their afflictions, He was afflicted.” (Isa. 63:9) The relation of God to the woes of the world is not that of a mere spectator. The New Testament goes further, and says that God is love. But that is not love which, in the presence of acute suffering, can stand outside and aloof. The doctrine that Christ is the image of the unseen God means that God does not stand outside.
    ... B. H. Streeter

Quiet time reflection:
    You are with me, Lord.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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