When God “Rightly” Hurts Us

Unfathomable Grace

The Scripture is full of times when God watched and allowed his children to be hurt. Pharaoh and the Egyptians hurt the Israelites. Satan buffeted Job, and Saul troubled David. Saul of Tarsus hurt the church, and the Roman Empire hurt Paul. God was present; at any time he could have stopped the hurt. More than this, God saw it coming and could have sent the pain on a detour. He is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

In addition, the Scripture is full of times when God actively hurts his sons and daughters. Adam, Eve, and their children received harsh discipline from the Lord. Numerous barren mothers saw God as the one who afflicted them. And the supreme example of God hurting his children is seen on Golgotha; there God hurt his Beloved Son with intense severity.

There is no doubt about it — the eternal, sovereign, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent Father of agape-love allows and/or causes all pain…

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