I have wondered where God is when things keep getting worse. But like Joseph, I have learned that every time I suffer loss, God is preparing me for something far greater.
Feeling blessed is in vogue. But do we understand what the Bible says about blessing? Could it be that God's greatest blessings are what He gives us to drive us to a deeper walk with Him?
How could I possibly reconcile such great losses – losses that were preventable and unexpected? My natural question was, “Why?” If God was in control, why didn’t he stop it?
What transforms me is spending time with Jesus, lamenting to him, talking to him, and listening to him. As much as I would like friends to comfort me, no one has ever met me the way God has.
Sometimes my faith is shaken when my dreams are shattered. I wonder where God is in the midst of my suffering. And when I doubt, God calls me, as he did John the Baptist, to trust what I know to be true.
But much as I long for deliverance, for delivering grace, I see the exquisite blessing in sustaining grace. It’s not about getting what I want; it’s about God giving me what I desperately need: himself.
In one of the darkest moments in my life, as I was crying out to God in anger, frustration and confusion, God showed me His glory. And when I saw it, I was immediately changed from wailing to worship.
Joni says: Our response to suffering matters. I want my life to be the blackboard that God chalks incredible lessons about himself. I don’t want to do anything to defame God or make him look untrustworthy.
“What you’re going through isn’t as awful as you think it is. You need to cheer up and remember this is all for the best. I know, because my situation was worse. So if you need me for anything, just call…”
I didn’t want to have needs; I wanted to be needed. I didn’t want to be a burden; I wanted to lift others’ burdens. I longed to be self-sufficient, yet losing my independence has greatly strengthened my faith...
In the midst of broken dreams and riveting pain, how should we pray? Do we pray for healing and deliverance? Or do we relinquish our desires to God and simply trust His plan?
“There is no greater mercy that I know of on earth than good health except it be sickness; and that has often been a greater mercy to me than health,” Spurgeon said. Because trouble makes us dependent on God.