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Why does God allow suffering? It is the question asked by both believers and non-Christians. God doesn’t want His children to suffer. Enmity toward God produces suffering. And resisting Satan means going through lots of pain because we are fighting against the sinful nature around and in us. Gold is refined through fire, and so Christians can only grow to be more like Jesus if they die to themselves increasingly each day. That is painful. However, the outcome is stronger, bolder, and kinder women who shine like gold because they radiate the light of Christ. God brings about this restoration and renewal. The follower of Jesus is also encouraged that she is never alone in her suffering. Jesus experienced the ultimate suffering by bearing the sins of humankind, and His followers throughout the ages suffer for teaching a rebellious world to return to God. He knows how hard it is, and He is right there beside His daughter giving her greater hope and peace.
God of all grace, help Your daughters stand firm in their love of You. Enable us to remain strong and steadfast so that we can have faith as great as a mustard seed, which can move mountains.
The centurion humbly approached Jesus in this one and only biblical account wherein a master came to Christ, pleading for Him to heal his servant.
Jesus must have recognized the soldier’s compassion, for He responded immediately, saying He would go to the man’s home and heal the boy. But the man humbled himself even more, telling the Christ that he, the centurion, was not worthy to have Jesus come to his home—and finally admitting all Christ needed to do was “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (v. 8 KJV).
Hearing this, Jesus actually “marvelled” (v. 10 KJV), remarking He had not found such great faith in all of Israel! And in the same hour in which He said, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so it be done unto thee,” the centurion’s servant was healed.
Might every woman have this measure of the centurion’s faith. May she bring not only her own child, but all children before Jesus, humbly pleading with Christ to heal them of mind, body, spirit, and soul. And then go her way, knowing that it will be done for her just as she believed!
I bring before You on of Your children, Lord. I know there is nothing impossible for You. You need only speak the word, Jesus, and this child will be made whole. May it be done as I believe.
The month lasted longer than the paycheck. The grocery bill exceeded the budget. Childcare expenses surpassed the rent. It’s not an easy road to travel, yet one that many of us walk.
Isn’t it interesting that we can trust God for eternal life, yet find it harder to trust Him for help with the mortgage?
In the Old Testament, God told the wandering Israelites He would feed them “manna from heaven,” but with one caveat: He would only allow them to gather enough food for one day. No storing food away for the dreaded “what if’s” of tomorrow. They would simply have to trust their God to faithfully supply their needs.
They didn’t always pass the “trust test”—and neither do we. But thankfully, God is faithful in spite of us! He will meet our needs when we come to Him in simple trust. Then we can bask in His faithfulness.
Father, Your Word promises to supply all my needs. I trust You in spite of the challenges I see. You are ever faithful. Thank You! Amen.