By Elisabeth Elliot
When I came to the realization that my husband was missing, not understanding for yet another 5 days that he was dead, the words that God brought to me then have been from Isaiah the 43rd chapter, “When thou passest by means of the waters I will be with thee and by means of the rivers, they shall not overflow thee when thou walkest by means of the fire, thou shalt not be burned neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God” (Isa 43:2–3).
And I realized then that God was not telling me that almost everything was going to be fine, humanly speaking, that he was going to preserve my husband physically and bring him back to me. But he was providing me a single unmistakable guarantee: I will be with you. For I am the Lord your God. He is the a single who loved me and gave himself for me.
And so, we come back once more to the terrible truth that there is suffering. The query remains, is God paying consideration? If so, why does not he do one thing? I say he has, he did, he is undertaking one thing, and he will do one thing.
The topic can only be approached by the cross. That old, rugged cross so despised by the globe. The extremely worst point that ever occurred in human history turns out to be the extremely greatest point for the reason that it saved me. . . . And so God’s adore, which was represented, demonstrated to us in his providing his son Jesus to die on the cross, has been brought with each other in harmony with suffering. . . .
It is only in the cross that we can start to harmonize this seeming contradiction in between suffering and adore. And we will in no way comprehend suffering unless we comprehend the adore of God.
This post is adapted from Suffering Is In no way for Absolutely nothing, (B&H Books, 2019), by Elisabeth Elliot. The post’s title is the addition of an editor.
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