Senseless suffering or blessings in disguise?

By Dave Henning / May 26, 2013

“He can give according to His might; therefore He always gives more than we ask for.”- Martin Luther

In Chapter 12 of What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, Laura Story asks a question most of us voice when blindsided by adversity: “If God loves us, why does He seemingly withhold His blessings, especially when we’re weak or vulnerable?”  Laura notes there’s no easy answer to that question because our finite minds are incapable of understanding the ways of our infinite God.  Yet the author remains convinced that things we see as senseless suffering often are blessings in disguise.

God’s love for us is so great that He declines to offer us lesser gifts- gifts that would distance our hearts from Him.  When we’re in the midst of an adversity that we can’t comprehend, Laura encourages us to spend less time asking “why” and more time thinking about God’s great love for us.  As Elizabeth Eliot concludes:

“We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide.  The promises cover every imaginable situation.  All we need to do is take the hand he stretches out.”

Today’s question: As you journey toward healing and revisioning of your vocation or calling, what blessings and promises of God have you discovered that help sustain you?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “An endurance test”


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