READ : 1 Peter 4:12-16
Life becomes wonderful when we see that God has a purpose in everything he permits to come into our lives. When he says “no” to our prayers, that too is an answer that comes from a heart of perfect love. “‘I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11). One reason why God has permitted this world to be an uncomfortable place to live in-with disease and sickness etc. – is so that people may turn to him in their distress so that he might bless them.
When we meet “the ransomed” in eternity and hear their stories, we will discover more fully how God used sickness, dread diseases, financial difficulties, etc. to sanctify and perfect his children.
In that day we will thank God for many things that we could not understand here on earth. But a person of faith does not have to wait until that day. He believes in God’s wisdom and love right now and so he has already begun to give thanks for everything.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
– Stephen Paul
Lord, help us to understand that every trial is for our good and help us to thank you for that.