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Would a God who made such a beautiful world let you down? Would he allow you to suffer needlessly? No, he would allow you to suffer needfully. You, however, can reject the purpose in your suffering and render it needless all by yourself. The simplest way to do this is to require understanding of the purpose before you accept it. As for me, I want credit for the suffering. I’m going to suffer anyway; I might as well suffer with a purpose. The simplest way to do that is to believe there is a purpose to the suffering even if you don’t understand it.

Like all roads in the ancient world led to Rome, all lessons in the modern world lead to Job.

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”

If I could go forth and teach only one verse of scripture, it would be this. There is such power in trusting him, no matter what. It seems a shame to believe God, try to live in a way that’s pleasing unto him, and then deprive yourself of the pearl of great price: absolute trust in him. If you believe Jesus is who he says he is, you have to believe he is perfect justice and perfect mercy. Why wouldn’t you be able to trust that? If you don’t trust that, what is it exactly you believe?

Terrible things befall us in this life, and there is such power in trusting him. It literally takes the edge off of all fear, worry, and doubt. Just having that edge soothed can make all the difference between coping and falling apart. If you’re going to believe him, you might as well trust him.

What could it hurt?