Category Archives: Suffering

I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Down in my Heart. But I Still Suffer…

You want to listen to this song.

This song shook me tonight. It brought me to tears and opened up my heart. The songs of an old hymn sung in sunday school is used to express human suffering and the hope of glory simultaneously. It is such an appropriate expression of what happens with truth meets our circumstances, finished out with the opening lines from “It is well with my soul”.

It especially hit home with me because of a teaching I heard called “God with us” found here. Tim opened up the nativity story along with the rest of the second chapter of the book of matthew in a way that I have been blessed by the Lord to have heard.

Basically, Jesus did not take any shortcuts in his life here. He was born to a poor working family, He moved all over the place in his first years of life- under the stress and anguish of running for their lives-and grew up in a nobody town called Nazareth. His father died before he was 30- probably much earlier. And ultimately, he came to his own, and they didn’t even recognize him. He was a man, as the prophet Isaiah said, well acquainted with sorrows. We learn what the angel Gabriel meant very quickly in the book of matthew, when he said he would be Immanuel (God with us).

In short, God is with us- in our suffering. He was rejected for our rejection, He crushed for our iniquities, He was pierced for our transgressions, and He let it crush him so that it couldn’t crush us…

And He rose from the dead so that we could have hope and life in Him. This song has brought all this before me and caused me to weep in the presence of the one who truly understands when we cry and suffer and fumble towards Him. And because He is all that He says He is, and greater than we will ever understand, we can somehow have joy and peace in the midst of our suffering. Hallelujah.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.