At our congregation’s morning Thanksgiving Day service, one sister stood and as part of her testimony declared that she’s thankful for pain that drives her to God.
Wow! 😯 Amazingly, I believe she actually meant that. And even more amazingly, I think I understand what she means…and I think I’m disposed to agree with her.
I remembered that again when I read this early this morning:
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. —Psalm 119:71
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. -Hebrews 5:8
We suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. -Romans 8:17,18
He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. -Job 23:10,11
Thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. -Deuteronomy 8:2,5,6