Life can be not so kind ---there is story after story from friends and family of the trials, tribulations, pain, misery, loss, despair----they have suffered. A blogging friend suggested put the question out there--and wait for the replies---
So my question is---have you questioned "WHY?"
Continuing my journey through Paul's letter to the Romans, I was struck by these verses -
"We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance,
and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
I tend to be a logical thinker---and pull the word apart to fully understand the wisdom contained in it. The verses begin by stating we have great joy from our hope which is found in God's Glory. We are then lead through the formula which produces this hope----and it begins with suffering. Suffering which instills perseverance which builds character resulting in hope.
AND hope will never disappoint. God's grace poured over us---and His love poured into us by His Holy Spirit--which He gave us.
SO my question is---without suffering do we not know hope? Or perhaps do we not fully understand God's presence in our lives unless He sustains us as the Fallen World beats us up?
My personal experience-I did not fully understand the deep abiding-faithful love of The Father---until I was totally broken. Did he cause the events which lead to my pit of despair? I chose to believe He allowed it to happen--but did not cause it----His will for marriages is clearly stated in His Word. But in my brokenness--he showed me His Good Glory--and gave me hope which comes only from Him.
Deep pondering on this Sabbath