July 22, 2022

The God That Suffered So You Would Know Love


But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

By high school she’d been through 12 different foster-care homes.  Tori Hope Petersen’s young heart had grown callous toward God and people.

Petersen’s story is a beautiful one of redemption but coming to faith was a process that took several years. “The one question I couldn’t shake,” she said, “revolved around innocent children: If God is so good, then why do they suffer?” She couldn’t find an answer, but says, “When I looked at Scripture, I saw a God who didn’t shy away from pain but embraced it so that others would know love. And when I looked at the lives of those who most reminded me of Jesus, I could see how they had sacrificed on my behalf.”[1]

Sergey Nakul has also had a first-hand view of suffering.  A pastor in war-torn Ukraine, Nakul says, “When people tell me, ‘This God is unfair and gives us trash!’ I ask them, ‘Which God is that?’ (paraphrased).  For when I focus my eyes on Calvary, I see my God.  And my God…in his own skin…felt all the depth of injustice and violence of mankind on the Cross…when I look at the cross of Calvary, I know one thing: my God is not that god.”[2]

Yes, Scripture says, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).  We can rely on this love, even in our questions.

[1] Petersen, Tori Hope. “The Father I Yearned for Was Already There.” Christianity Today July/August 2022, no. 66, No. 5, June 21, 2022.

[2] Nakul, Sergey, “When They Tell Me This God is Unfair.” Facebook, June 16, 2022, www.facebook.com. Accessed June 21, 2022.