In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation
1 Peter 5:10
I'd had it!
"For the last time, leave. me. ALONE!" I screamed at my obnoxious classmate, Ricky Hulhouser as he kicked my desk chair with his cowboy boot.
For days in a row, Ricky would sit in his chair, put his foot on the back of my chair, and push me into my desk as tightly as he could. NO MORE! I was angry now!
When I yelled at him, he immediately burst into enormous crocodile tears. Apparently, the little tyke was trying to get my attention and show that he liked me. Boy, did he have a thing or two to learn about wooing women!
Try pulling the chair out for the next lady you set your sights on, Ricky! See where that gets you!
Looking back on that preschool puppy love, I suppose Ricky taught me a thing or two, also.
His goal was to get my attention. And, the best method he knew was to put me in a painful situation.
Unfortunately, there have been countless times in my life where it took a painful situation to get my attention.
Did God cause these moments of suffering? No. Absolutely not. Suffering is a consequence of this sinful world.
But does God allow suffering and use suffering to bring us closer to holiness? Without a doubt, He certainly does!
In a really elementary way, Ricky's shenanigans answered the age old question for me, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
Well, because we live in a sinful world with sinful people. But, luckily we have a graceful God with a merciful plan who is able to redeem every bad thing. The Bible says, "He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation."
What about you? Do you need to be rescued from a painful situation today? If you do, you can find a Rescuer here.
May the God of all hope overwhelm you with peace today.