The Refining Process
by Mary Loudermilk
One of the most difficult things for us to understand is why bad things happen to good people. At some point in your life someone has probably said, "How can a loving God allow such a terrible thing to happen?" You may ask this yourself. It is easier to blame God than to search for the good that comes through suffering. Yes, the Bible states that there is a purpose and ultimate good for our trials. God's Word tells of many who suffered-some because of willful sin, others because of their stand for righteousness, and still others because it is just part of life. Job, who knew intense pain and suffering, said, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). It is the destiny of us all.
Dealing with Difficult People
Bible Study Series: My Life With God
Impossible people! Who hasn’t dealt with someone who makes our life miserable? Whether overbearing, rude, demanding—fill in the blank—they are taxing to be around. It may be a boss, a coworker, a fellow church member, or even someone within our family. They drain our emotions and leave us exhausted when dealing with them.Read More from this Bible Study...
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"God is our true Friend, who always gives us the counsel and comfort we need. Our danger lies in resisting Him; so it is essential that we acquire the habit of hearkening to His voice, or keeping silence within, and listening so as to lose nothing of what He says to us. We know well enough how to keep outward silence, and to hush our spoken words, but we know little of interior silence. It consists in hushing our idle, restless, wandering imagination, in quieting the promptings of our worldly minds, and in suppressing the crowd of unprofitable thoughts which excite and disturb the soul." ~François Fénelon