One of the paradoxes of faith is that years of living the Christian life and studying the Bible does not give us immunity from the troubling questions of faith. . . . Knowing that is OK to raise and struggle with the mysteries about God can be extremely liberating.Krish Kandiah, Paradoxology, 3.
3 Benefits Trials Can Reveal (if we’re open)
Our response to trials reveals what we really believe about God: true or false.
In my book, I wrote:
My time in therapy revealed several lies I believed about God. One key lie: if God loved me, then my life would be easier. I also unconsciously believed this lie: God would punish me if I felt or expressed anger, even if hurt and fear were underneath the anger. My felt belief didn’t include God being open to all of my feelings (such as, anger, hurt, and frustration).
Trials can reveal the reality of God’s promise to never abandon us and his faithful presence.
It’s a mystery how God’s Presence meets us in our deepest pain.
Yes, sometimes He may appear absent and uncaring. But as I’ve clung to God (by His Grace), I have found a sweetness of relationship that can’t be explained.
Sara Frankl, who suffered from chronic pain and a terminal disease, wrote on how God answered her prayer to choose joy despite suffering.
As Allison Brown reminds us, God’s enduring promises are our provision on our journey.
Trials reveal we can comfort another as God has comforted us.
Fred Outa channeled his sufferings as an orphan toward efforts to help other disadvantaged orphans.
Excerpt from Journal Questions of Day 5:
“How can we worship God in lament as modeled by many of the psalms (for example, Psalm 22, 42, 69, and 73?If you wrote a psalm to God, what would you write?”
Sometimes trust is turning our gaze and our broken hearts toward God without words.”(Click to Tweet.)
Shortened prayer excerpt from Day 5:
“We praise you for being a God of all comfort and for your Holy Spirit’s constant presence within us. Please give us the grace to believe and receive the comfort you long to give us.”
- Here’s the song “Even If” by Mercy Me, an anthem of trust in the hard.
- Or the song, “You’re Going to be Okay,” sung by Jenn Johnson.
Jesus suffers with us and he knows like no one else what we feel. When he most needed his friends, they abandoned him. Day 5 of 7 Days of Soul Care
Feel free to invite friends to join.
Remember soul care is not selfish. It’s wise because it connects us with our extraordinary God who is our life (see John 15:1-5) so we can be fruitful in our relationships and work.
If you want the scheduled questions for all 7 weeks, here is a downloadable PDF.
Why are we taking one week for each of the seven days in the book? Learn why and read part of the Introduction here.
Thanks for being here. I appreciate your presence here.
Next week, we discuss “Day 6: Take Steps Toward God” with new questions and activities.
(*) I’m reading Krish Kandiah’s book Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple. I just finished the first chapter on “The Abraham Paradox.” So far so good. I recommend the book.
I had the honor of hearing Krish Kandiah speak. Kandiah also addresses the Christ Paradox in another chapter of his book.
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Photo of tulips taken at Filoli Gardens and Estate.
Linking with encouraging Holley Gerth