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I am ill. I won’t go into specifics, but it is sufficient to say that the pain and discomfort I am experiencing are so great that my ability to think in any substantive way are too diminished to offer anything of value to the reader.

I often write about suffering, and the passage below is one of my primary sources on this topic:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).1

I have written that this is easy to say but difficult to do. The last few days have borne that out. It is understandable that the Christian sufferer may question God’s love and will. So, to encourage others—and me—I offer this small piece I wrote a while back. May the Lord bless you as you read.

“God is not in a muddle of conundrums. It is impossible that He does not know and understand everything, and thus somehow not know the right and wrong of it all. The Lord Almighty is the referent for what is right and good. He created the concept of good. He is good in the highest sense of that word “good.” All that is good has God as its origin. He is, in truth, the only One who knows what good is, in the ultimate, eternal sense of things. There is no evil intent or betrayal whatsoever in the heart of God, only loyalty, love, and steadfastness. He is holy: morally pure and spotless without sin, error, or flaw. No darkness dwells in Him. He does not submit to wickedness, treachery, or perversion. He lives only in purity. He grasps no selfishness and displays no arrogance.”

Bless His holy name.

1Scripture quotation is from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

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