From: David Kabanje
Date: March 2
Subject: GMU: Perspective Faith

Perspective Faith 

Beautiful People,

I found myself asking God how He deals with pain—pain that is intrinsic to the human experience. The past few days have riddled us with internal and external pain. Pain has a way of changing us. We are relational and emotional beings created in God’s image, so how does pain change the heart of God? I didn’t get a coherent answer to my question; however, a phrase came to mind—perspective faith. God is not the architect of evil, yet He picks up the pieces of the broken, abused, neglected, grieving, misguided, tortured, and lonely souls. I believe we serve a God that is not alienated from the pain we experience. On the contrary, I believe that He steps into our pain without reservation.

Though He didn’t create the pain, God takes ownership of our healing and recovery. Again, I think of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan did not cause the pain inflicted on his Jewish neighbor; however, he took full responsibility for the recovery process. Likewise, perspective faith puts pain into God’s redemptive hands. Perspective faith dares us to see God as the loving Father that experiences our pain and works through our pain to create something good. Our perspective of pain changes when we see and believe that God weeps with us and is wholeheartedly committed to making all things right.