Friday, June 10, 2016

Streeter: God shares our suffering

Friday, June 10, 2016
    [The LORD] said, “Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me”; and so he became their Savior. In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
    —Isaiah 63:8-9 (NIV)
    In the Old Testament, we find the idea that God enters into the sufferings of His people. “In all their afflictions, He was afflicted.” 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 (1874-1937), The Buddha And the Christ, New York: Macmillan Co., 1933, p. 224-225 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 63:8-9; Col. 1:15; Heb. 2:18; 4:15; 1 John 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    You are with me, Lord.
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