Thinking about dad today, he would have turned 64. As I remember him, God has been teaching me a lot about suffering and joy, and through suffering how much more we need Jesus daily.
From Grief share…Self-Sufficiency/Day 258
“When life is comfortable, you lose that awe, that fear of God, putting Him in a compartment that is convenient for you. When things are going well, you might put God on the back burner because you don’t exactly need Him at that time.
“Self-sufficiency is a terrible place to be,” says Dr. Joseph Stowell, “because it is the worst deceit you can bring on yourself. You need God. You need God every minute of your life. I believe God knows that, and He desires fellowship and dependency from you, radical dependency in terms of your relationship with Him.”
Each person needs to be taken to a place where God alone is sufficient. Suffering takes you to that place. And suffering does not happen to some people and not to others; it is a crucial part of every person’s life.
“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14).