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Lenten Weekend Wisdom: Let It Go, Let It Go

Here is another quote from Paul David Tripp’s book Journey To The Cross; A 40-Day Lenten Devotional.

God intends suffering to pry open our hands wo we let go of the things of this earth and hold more tightly to Jesus.

Paul David Tripp – Journey To The Cross; A 40-Day Lenten Devotional (Day 4, pg 29)

What are you holding to tight?

Sit at the foot of the cross and Let It Go. Hold tight to Jesus instead.

This week make some quiet time and reflect on what you are holding on to that you can cast aside and hold on to Jesus.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Why Is There Pain and Suffering?

I am writing this to explain as simply as possible why we experience pain and suffering.  There are readers out there who do not understand why, so I felt the need to write this post and what better time to do it than during holy week.

Not Plan A

Pain and suffering was not God’s original plan for us.  His original plan was for us to live in relationship with him.  There was beautiful, luscious garden and all Adam and Eve had to do was to work and care for it.  They even ran around butt-naked without being self-conscious.

1 Thing

There was only one thing they could not do:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Genesis 2:16

If they were given a list of 100, 500 or 1,000 things they could not do, I could understand them making a mistake.

But they only had 1 thing they could not do and they still messed up.

Because they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin and death entered this world.  That is why there is pain and suffering.

To Be Continued

Pain and suffering will continue until God decides to fix the situation – in His time.