What Are You Suffering For? by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #81, CT #1510

Spiritual Depression

Carlisle, visiting in a city said that he went to his room high
above the city. As he looked down, he said, "Half a million people are out
there separated only by walls." "As I look, I realize that there is suffer-
ing, pain, all kind of need in that group of five hundred thousand people
down there. I'm up here, close to the stars, and while they hurt down
there, I'm alone with God, up here."
I'm afraid that Carlisle's thought is the concept of many people:
"God is 'way up there', away from our suffering and pain 'way down here'.
Celsus said, "To think that God would have anything to do with humanity
is an idea that is absurd." A lot of people say that very same thing today.
WThat would God have to do with sin? We live in a world of suffering. How
does suffering affect depression? Well, if you've every had any kind of pain,
physical, mental or spiritual, you know that's perhaps the quickest thing that
can bring you to depression. Just a slight fever, a little headache,bad news,
a suffering friend, someone who's going through a heartache at home can in-
stantly cause depression. I want to deal the best I can on the message of
suffering and how to come to grips with it. I do not speak as an authority,
as one who's suffered everything; I have suffered some things, but many of
you have suffered far more than I have. You could speak from that side with
much more authority than I can, but I can,. I believe, with God's help give you
some help on dealing with this matter of suffering.
Anybody that's studied history can look back and see war, suffering,
hunger, injustice, and all kind of things and say, "Where was God when all
of that happened?" He can look at his own life and experiences. An illness,
a tragedy, a friend who goes through a great disa ...

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