Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your Word. Psalm 119:67
How can a good God, who loves us so much that He gave His Son for our salvation, be so rough on us? Many are asking that question. God doesn't mind that we ask the question, but He wants us to believe His answer. Our answers are often wrong; His are always right.
God allows affliction to purify the gold of our faith, to deepen our confidence and trust in the Savior who suffered to win our pardon. This much we know for sure: whatever draws us closer to God, however painful or hard to bear, is a hidden blessing for which we will be eternally thankful. This is God's explanation: "The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" (1 Peter 5:10).
God had one Son without sin. But He has had no son or daughter without suffering. It may be the cross now, but it will be the crown hereafter. Our gracious Lord has promised us that He will make all things work together for our good. The best and happiest way is to live as Jesus did: in everything trust our heavenly Father for guidance, strength, and eventual deliverance.
PRAYER: Dear God, when my turn comes to go through the dark valley, may the light of Christ guide me to glory. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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