I accidentally created a “series,” and this is part 3, the end. When I found the Bible verse about our responsibility to ACT, I did not know I would then find the Nobel Prize photo from the Sudan famine. My intention in posting the photo was not to simply to shock & to horrify… because for those of us who hope in Christ, nothing is hopeless. Let me explain.
On Monday, after watching a documentary on the heartbreaking suffering of those in Northern Uganda, my husband asked our many guests whether seeing it made them feel like God was more real, or less real. He essentially asked them the age-old question, “Since evil & suffering exist, can God exist?” Because the conversation was with a group of Christians, I’m sure you can imagine the faith-building turns this conversation took.
What struck me was a comment that my (newly engaged!!) friend Jessica made once everyone else left. Jessica confessed that, to her, God never felt MORE real than when she saw great sufferings around her. She said it is then that she feels the Holy Spirit in her, prompting her to step in and meet needs. And she sees other Christians feeling the same thing… not stopping to ogle at the horror of it all and then walk away, but feeling empowered by Jesus to be used by Him, and to bring His help & His compassion to whomever has a need.
For us who live by faith, nothing should be hopeless. Christ rose from the dead. His conquering death symbolizes His victory over evil, sin, sickness, and any horror we can imagine. If we truly believe we have His Holy Spirit living in us, then there is no suffering too great for us to give ourselves to. He has already conquered it, whether we see it or not. So we can be confident that there is no lost cause… nothing we cannot do, by His power.
Let’s pray together that God fill us with the FAITH that moves mountains… faith that feeds the hungry, takes in widows & orphans, speaks truth in love, cares for the sick. “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24