Lent Devotions: Day 29
Read: Isaiah 53
Our Hope in Suffering
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. (v. 4)
Suffering is an isolating reality. I came to understand this as I held my sister’s hand while she suffered through a night of wondering whether her boyfriend would survive a horrific accident. Any hopeful words I offered did little to comfort her, and I was aware I could not fully understand all she was experiencing. Though we sat side by side, it felt like we were miles apart.
After many tears had fallen and night gave way to morning, God provided me with these simple words: “Even now Jesus Christ is present with your boyfriend at the hospital and holding his hand, just as Jesus is present with us.” Jesus is our hope in suffering. God is ever present with us, for he walked among us in Jesus Christ.
Though we cannot see him, Jesus is present with us in our suffering. More than that, Jesus is not only present, he is also able to understand our suffering because he bore our infirmities and carried our diseases. “Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested” (Hebrews 2:18). Jesus is God’s promise that we are never alone in our suffering. —Garret Szantner
Prayer: Jesus, our Immanuel, make your presence and grace known to us in our affliction.