A few months ago I taught a class at our church (Cornerstone Christian Fellowship) entitled ‘In the Midst‘. All around us we were noticing friends, families, and a world hurting and in desperate need. As a church we were prompted to address the topic of suffering and pain from a Biblical perspective. Little did I know how close this topic would soon hit home. In this class I wanted to study the Bible and find great men and women of faith who through their own trials could speak into ours, yet I approached the study with an angle. I believe that in difficult times many people turn to God, many cry out to him, pray, etc… However, few people ever really listen in the midst of their pain. It is hard, I admit, to try to find calm when you are being slammed by a vicious storm of life. But what if in the middle of our hurt, God can still be heard. I agree with C.S. Lewis who wrote these enlightening words…
“But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
—The Problem of Pain
Now having entered and finding myself ‘in the midst’ of the most intense storm I could imagine, I want to post some of the thoughts from this study. I need the reminders right now and hopefully they will be of some benefit to anyone who reads them. So over the next week or so I hope to publish some of these here.