Conversations | Edition Eighteen
Continuing our weekly conversations...
The deal: Each Thursday, we announce a question of the week. We seek to ask questions that spark interesting conversations, whether it simply be about books, traditions, spiritual disciplines, more theological matters, or anything related to life in general. You can join in our conversations two ways:
1. Leave a comment with your thoughts!
2. Or, if you prefer, post an answer on your own blog and leave us a link to your post so we can comment and add to the conversation. If you post on your own blog, you are welcome to use the picture above as long as you link back to us somewhere in your post.
This week's question...
In his book Trusting God, Jerry Bridges shares this (anonymous) quote: "A lesser wisdom than the Divine would feel impelled to forbid, to circumvent or to resist the outworking of these hellish plans. It is a fact that often God's people try to do this themselves, or cry inceasingly to he Lord that He may do it. So it is that prayers often seem to lie unanswered. For we are being handled by a wisdom which is perfect, a wisdom which can achieve what it [intends] by taking hold of things and people which are meant for evil and making them work together for good."
I know it's hard for me to understand (and harder still to remember) that God is big enough and wise enough to use the bad things for His purposes, rather than needing to avoid them. It seems that Joanna's post on Monday struck quite a chord with you, so let's talk about suffering and about this quote.
What do you think? Have there been times in your life when you can see how things were used for good, or times when it just seems senseless and wrong?