I’m reading a little book that was published about the time I was born.
They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. (…Books, either, hehe.)
This Wiersbe piece poses a good question: Why Us? When Bad Things Happen to God’s People. I’m only a third in, but here’s a snippet: “They forget that the world we know is not the world God originally created. It was man’s disobedience that plunged creation into the bondage of sin and death. But even this bondage is marked by travail: one day there will be ‘a new birth of freedom.’”
And another: “If we trust God, it must be because we know He is the kind of Person who can be trusted, even though we may not always understand what He is doing.” Indeed!
For your encouragement, here’s a snapshot of the chapter about metaphors for pain in God’s Word:
PICTURES OF PAIN
…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…
The Furnace – “From the molten metal, he removes the dross.”
The Storm – “God is ultimately in control of circumstances.”
Warfare – “God never promised to pamper and shelter His people. He did promise to strengthen us for the battle and help us to win the victory.”
The Harvest – “Tribulation: from Latin tribulum – a heavy wooden frame with iron spikes beneath it—drawn by oxen across the threshing floor to separate the grain from the chaff”
Childbirth – “We are not saved from our travail; we are saved by our travail.”
Running the Race – “It’s easy to run in the safe country, but I won’t mature unless I tackle the Jordan Jungles.”
Trial – “The trial is not for the purpose of condemnation, but for our personal good.”
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Be of good cheer, my friends: God is FOR us—and He has overcome the world.