So how can I know God is good? How can we know He loves us? How can we know every good and perfect gift is from Him? Great questions. I am wrestling with this right now.
This morning I woke my daughter at 6:20 for swimming practice. “Dad, I don’t feel good. Can I stay home?” Of course she said this. It is early Saturday morning. Who feels good when this happens? But the discipline of practice develops character and helps her improve. She needs both. So I made her go. She left mad at me.
So track with me here. As I said, I’m wrestling with this right now, trying to decide if I really believe it. My mouth says it, but do I REALLY buy it? “We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Rom 5:3-4). So is this saying that suffering is the way to hope? I think so. Suffering forced us before to dependence on Him. When broken and dependent on Him, hope soon followed. We had more fulfillment in our lives then than other times. It’s like we were made to suffer. We must cling to His promises and understand His goodness.
We forget so quickly. Three years ago, on Easter, Tara and I said this about the subject. VIDEO
Jay – Thanks for sharing, you guys have been such a great inspiration. I remember this touching, loving, Christ honoring video on Easter three years ago. I hope over all that things are going good for Tara and all of the family. I wonderful reminder of tomorrow, He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!
Jay, Tara and family,
Today is Easter. A day of celebration for the fact that Jesus was raised from death to new life and now sits at the right hand of the Father…our Father…our spiritual Father to give hope to all who have believed in Jesus as the risen Son of God. All trials and tribulations faced on this earth are temporary. The promise of life in heaven with our risen Savior is a promise for eternity. There is more to life than just the physical; and the spiritual in Jesus is what sustains us physically and spiritually for He is the one who created us; who knit us together in our mother’s womb. Your trials have been enormous. Your suffering great. But your faith in the resurrected Jesus and the goodness of God has laser focused so many on these realities. Hold the course. Stay strong for the journey ahead whatever it may be and rely on that eternal hope that can only come from God. Those who believe are blessed beyond all expectations. God’s ways are not our ways, but He will never disappoint. Dad
I also have been wrestling with this lately. When things take an unexpected turn, I realize how dependent my joy is on the circumstances in my life. Which pains me very much to say, but it is true.
God is good and He caries us through both our doubt and our circumstances.
Thank you for sharing this again…your story and incredible faith. God is good!
On Apr 15, 2017 6:47 PM, “Perspectives From The Tree Tops” wrote:
7maiers posted: “So how can I know God is good? How can we know He loves us? How can we know every good and perfect gift is from Him? Great questions. I am wrestling with this right now. This morning I woke my daughter at 6:2”