Purpose in Suffering
Our board and support members all have one thing in common. We all believe in a lifesaving relationship with Jesus. We view suffering through that "lens". We have found that in every situation where long suffering has happened to us, there is a common thread that pulled us through the journey and that was our individual relationships with Jesus. Jesus suffered death on a cross on our behalf and then rose again, so we can know perfect peace. Our team has found that each time we have encountered hardship or walked with someone we love who is suffering, our relationship with Jesus injected Hope into the crisis.
We believe life is meant to be lived in community with others and that community is at its best when it centers around a relationship to the God who purposefully made us. We aren’t promised life without pain or hardship, but we are certain that He walks with us in the battle. No matter what trials you face it is possible to find joy in suffering when you have a relationship with Him. Believing in Jesus and the promise he brings alters the way you endure suffering. That doesn’t mean you always have all the answers or get a quick fix, but it does enable you to live in an offensive posture instead of feeling beaten and attacked. Joy is what happens when we are walking life with Jesus. Joy is something only God can give. It is easy to create a happy experience but those can be fleeting and quickly dissipate. Joy is the baseline for living when Jesus is at the center of your life. Joy is only possible when you surrender your struggle to Him.
You may wonder, ‘Why would a loving God allow pain or suffering?’ We are all suffering on some level, because we live in an imperfect world. Many theologians may answer that question differently, but we believe it is simply: to draw us to Himself (God). The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Romans:
And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
God is always pursuing you. He is always working on your behalf. He longs for us to know Him. And frankly, we suffer because our world is broken, but in that brokenness, God calls us to Himself because He is the only thing that can bring comfort, relief, redemption, healing, and meaning. In the short term we won’t experience that healing in full here on earth, but the hope we speak of is because those who believe are destined for eternity with Him. Our physical bodies wither and die, but our spirits will live with God forever. In fact, He promises us NEW bodies... perfect bodies!
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies we groan and sigh, but its not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Spirit.” 2Cor 5:1-5
Be confident that you were wonderfully and perfectly made. You were made with purpose for this day and this time in world history. Daniels Heart Foundation is a tool that is used to love and help families in crisis. We want to stand with you as you pursue answers and healing in your battle. It's the simple act of love in helping the less fortunate, the ill and needy that brings us joy and an essential aspect of why we created this non-profit.
As Mother Teresa said, "In doing that, you're touching Christ." For in showing care to the least, you honor Christ. That is the HOPE we profess. To know and be known by the creator of the world, who came to save us all from the affliction we endure in the here and now, to have an eternity with him in peace. God is good. It's a surrender to that promise. And isn't it a good promise?
If suffering had no meaning, oh what a worthless thing! To know it has purpose for eternity gives peace of mind despite what we may endure.