Friday, July 2, 2010

Waiting for the Morning...

"Good theology is essential if we are going to suffer well. It will help us persevere during our trials, and it will give us hope. We believe that 'Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning' (Ps. 30:5). It is faith in our good and sovereign God that enables us to wait until the morning. But we must never forget that often the night is long and the weeping uncontrollable.

"No amount of good theology is able to take the pain out of suffering. Too often we allow ourselves to believe that a robust view of God's sovereignity in all things means that when suffering comes it won't hurt. God's sovereignity doesn't take away the pain and evil that confront us in our lives; it works them for our good.

"...After all, it isn't suffering if it doesn't hurt."

-Dustin Shramek, "Waiting for the Morning during the Long Night of Weeping" (taken from Suffering and the Sovereignity of God, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor


Liz said...

Wow, that was very well written. Sums up how I feel sometimes. I'll be praying for Christ's supernatural peace for you....

Anonymous said...

I have followed your blog since my miscarriage over a year ago and I can relate to so many of the emotions you have felt!! The beauty of our God is that he knows our weakness and loves us despite it! King David could shake his fists to heaven in emotion and then receive the reassurance of God's faithfulness... and God extends the same understanding and faithfulness to us as well!!
I pray for you and Jonathan often and that God will bless you with the desires of your heart!

Love from Canada!

aboveallshadows said...

I keep rereading this ever since you posted it, Abbie. Sometimes all we can do is hang on to a seemingly simple truth until the storm passes. Thanks. :o)

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know I'm still praying for you. Hang in there. I think of you often and sincerely hope you are doing well.

*Big hug*