Sharon Earnest, also a widow, stated succinctly in her book, Suffering Is My Friend & Not My Enemy, (2012) what I have learned about God through suffering. God’s word has become my source of strength and my guide book.
“Jesus tells us that without Him we can do nothing. In the midst of suffering we find ourselves vulnerable, weak, cast down, and dependent. In the world’s eye this is a catastrophe, but in the eyes of the Lord this is good. He is training us to depend upon Him and Him alone. I have certainly found this to be true in my life. It seems that I keep learning this lesson at a deeper level each time I face adversity. In the days ahead we can no longer depend upon our thoughts, ideas and wisdom. We need to hear from the Lord. We need His wisdom. We need His guidance. As Johannes Fascius said, ‘The only way to go through tribulations is to have an ear to hear what the Lord is saying and then to obey His word.’ One thing is certain; we are more inclined to cry out to God and wait for a word from Him when we are suffering. This is His way of disciplining us so that living by His word becomes a way of life.”
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