Yesterday I stood in front of our congregation and proclaimed that a deep, robust faith is more valuable than anything else. I said that it’s worth the pain associated with pivotal circumstance. But as I looked out over the congregation and saw people who have suffered unthinkable tragedies in their lives, I honestly wondered how that can be. Is the pain of powerful loss really worth a stronger faith in God?
I think the only way it can be worth it is if we look at life in the scope of eternity. If all we live is this life, I really don’t think it would ever be worth it. But when we place our lives against the backdrop of eternity, our losses are not final. Tragedy does not have the last word. The pain we bear has an end point. One day we will regain everything we’ve lost. It’s sort of like investing money. It’s unavailable to us while it’s tied up in an investment. But down the road we will get it back with interest. That interest is a deeper faith.