Are churches producing people who only know the love of God but not the 'fearful' part of Him? Are we living (and teaching) so much about grace that we skip right over the expectations of God? And are we doing them (and ourselves) an injustice? I think we are.
And by this I mean... we (meaning I) tell so many people when they get their first bible, 'read Romans, the gospels, James'. Really I tell them because they are really the easiest to read and understand and because of what Jesus did, we can now have a relationship with a very big God. Easy no, relationship, yes. But God's story and how He worked in people's lives starts in the very beginning, even before there really was a beginning.
I personally miss a lot of stories because I've spent the beginning of my following Christ trying to grasp 'grace' which in my opinion I'll (and probably not you either) never get. It's too big and my feeble mind is just not that good. I just finished a book called '200 Pomegrantes and an audience of 1'. Fabulouso book. You know why I read it? The real reason... I just ate a pomegrante for the first time this summer and I am intrigued by their greatness and I read someone's else's blog that read it. Ok. that's it. The book didn't change my life, God is doing that, but it was eye opening, especially to the fact that there are a lot of great life changing things that God has done that I have missed out on because I didn't start from the beginning.
Life is not easy. I will never tell you that it is.
Is there hope in Jesus and the burdens that He took on for us? Absolutely.
Does our hope, our trust, our lives, and our love need to be in Jesus? You bet.
Do I think there is more than that? AMEN!
But if you want to know what real suffering is... start from the beginning. I don't think I'm done on this subject, I can't wait to find out what God has for me to learn.
Gen 1:1 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now that's a big God.