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