Hard times come for all in life, with no real explanation. When we walk
through suffering, it has the potential to devastate and destroy, or to
be the gateway to gratitude and joy.
Elisabeth Elliot was no
stranger to suffering. Her first husband, Jim, was murdered by the
Waoroni people in Ecuador moments after he arrived in hopes of sharing
the gospel. Her second husband was lost to cancer. Yet, it was in her
deepest suffering that she learned the deepest lessons about God.
Why doesn’t God do something about suffering? He has, He did, He is, and He will.
Suffering and love are inexplicably linked, as God’s love for His
people is evidenced in His sending Jesus to carry our sins, griefs, and
sufferings on the cross, sacrificially taking what was not His on
Himself so that we would not be required to carry it. He has walked the
ultimate path of suffering, and He has won victory on our behalf.
This truth led Elisabeth to say, “Whatever is in the cup that God is
offering to me, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief
along with the many more joys, I’m willing to take it because I trust
Because suffering is never for nothing.