So what do you think? Do you feel that no matter what you do, things don’t turn out the way you expect them to after doing the right thing?
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (NRSV)
“Mommy, they look beautiful” is as soft an answer as I can imagine, and yet here, these words did not turn away wrath.
As I rework this particular graphic strip, I am now thinking of victims of bullying and domestic violence, who have tried every soft answer imaginable with begging and pleading. But they were still beaten up, verbally or physically.
I want so much for this verse to be a promise that will bring God’s protection to those who hold it tightly in their hearts. But I can’t write that, no matter how very much I want it to be true.
Proverbs is a book of wisdom, not necessarily a book of promises. Jesus does have a promise for us though.
…“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NRSV)
There is so much more to this topic than can fit into one post, but it’s something that I want to question and consider in greater depths.
It was only a little over a year ago that I read about and began to consider how God feels our pain right along with us. Previously I had viewed Him as having a sad but “You’ve really brought this on yourself” attitude towards our suffering. God hurts when we hurt is a difficult concept to grasp, at least for me. Maybe for you as well?
It had never occurred to me that He may actually feel our misery with us. I was more comfortable with a God who felt pity or sympathy towards me, but not my actual pain right along with me.
I’m unsure if this post will make any difference to a child or teenager who is being bullied for being different or the person who is being beaten up because they aren’t conforming to what someone else wants, but I do hope that it’s a start.
It never occurred to me that Jesus was bullied and beaten up for being different and for not conforming to what other people wanted. But He was.