Psalm13:1-2; John 1:14
A confirmed bachelor, C. S. Lewis married late in life only to find love doomed when his wife was stricken with cancer. He plummeted into despair following her death, raging against God about whom he had so coolly and confidently written when not personally afflicted. His little volume, A Grief Observed is a testament to his agonizing endeavor to find meaning in the incomprehensible. He said that he would listen to anyone who spoke the truth of religion. He would even listen if told of the duty of religion. But he would suspect the individual of not understanding who spoke of the consolations of religion.
We understand intellectually that God loves us even when it seems he does not. But faced with a despair we could not handle, haven’t we all felt abandoned, even if we did not express it? Haven’t we occasionally accused God of not caring, of overlooking our concerns, of being too busy to notice us? Lewis shared the thoughts he experienced while working through his grief. Some of his ideas offend the gospel truth; they might even offend the untouched Christian. But God was never threatened by Lewis’ grief, nor did He hold Lewis responsible for the charges grief conceived and agony shrieked. God understands. He too was once a man afflicted with the agonies of our existence.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Psalm 13:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. -Aughey
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. Heaven prepares good men with crosses. -Johnson
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes. -Bacon