Some of us know very little of suffering, but we know disappointments and betrayals and losses and bitterness. Are we really meant to thank God for such things? Let’s be clear about one thing: God does not cause all the things we don’t like. But He does permit them to happen because it is in this fallen world that we humans must learn to walk by faith. He doesn’t leave us to ourselves, however. He shares every step. He walked this lonesome road first, He gave Himself for us, He died for us (Romans 8:28). Those disappointments give us the chance to learn to know Him and the meaning of His gifts and in the midst of darkness, to receive His light. Doesn’t that transform the not thankful list into a thankful one?

Elisabeth Elliot
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