|The Cost-Benefit Analysis for Faith in God
||[Feb. 16th, 2006|01:03 pm]
Somebody asked me an interesting question the other day- I'm not sure my response given in the moment was complete, actually I am not sure there is a complete response to the question...It has been on my mind for days. Here is my thought process so far.|
If God does not guarantee a life free from suffering then what can we expect from Him?
This question was difficult for me to answer, I felt like any response I that came to mind was trite. However, I think it is a shame when statements that are true are stated so much and in such a way that they become almost cliche, I don't feel like this always have to diminish their truth or usefulness.
I bet you are wondering what my answer to this question was. Well I said that God provides peace, contentment and the promise of a future spent with Him in eternity. While true, it doesn't seem complete, I think partly because we cannot always put words to all the wonders that God has in store for us. We have a few that we like to use, heaven, eternity, but really do these words convey the beauty, grace, and abundant blessings that await us. God guarantees us Himself, He is good, there is none like Him, He promises not to leave or forsake us (this does not imply that we won't feel left or forsaken, but I am ready to admit that what I feel is not always representative of how things are). He promises us life and life abundantly, I don't think that has to wait until heaven. I could go on listing his promises, but I think the answer to this question is still incomplete, we can list all that God is going to bless us with but there is another question that needs to be considered to make sense of this matter:
Is it worth it?
It would be ridiculous to ask for somebody to make commitment to anything by only listing the benefits without taking into consideration the costs. Taking up our cross and following Him is hard, there is a sacrifice of self that is asked for, anyone who tells you differently is sugarcoating it. So is it worth it? Are you/we willing to let go?