hebrews 11:1 said...
Can someone please post this for me? Thank you.
Yesterday I bought a used copy of “The Case for Faith” for 2 bucks, and have been reading it whenever I have a spare moment. This section really struck me, and I think it’s something ALL us Pals can gain some encouragement:
“Jesus is there sitting beside us in the lowest places of our lives. Are we broken? He was broken, like bread, for us. Are we despised? He was despised and rejected of men. Do we cry out that we can’t take anymore? He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Do people betray us? He was sold out himself? Are our tenderest relationships broken? He too was loved and rejected. Do people turn from us? They hid their faces from Him as from a leper. “Does He descend into all of our hells? Corrie ten Boom wrote, ‘No matter how deep our darkness, He is deeper still.’ He not only rose from the dead, He changed the meaning of death and therefore of all the little deaths- the sufferings that anticipate death and make up parts of it. He is gassed in Auschwitz. He is sneered in Soweto. He is mocked in Northern Ireland. He is enslaved in the Sudan. He’s the one we love to hate, yet to us He has chosen to return love. Every tear we shed becomes His tear. He may not wipe them away yet, but He will. “In the end, God has only given us partial explanations. Maybe that’s because He saw that a better explanation wouldn’t have been good for us. I don’t know why…“But He knew Jesus was more than an explanation. He’s what we really need. If your friend is sick and dying, the most important thing he wants is not an explanation; he wants you to sit with him. He’s terrified of being alone more than anything else. So God has not left us alone.“And for that, I love Him.”
-Peter Kreeft in “The Case for Faith,”
by Lee Strobel