Do you know why God is sometimes silent when we go through difficulties? It is because he is testing our faith. God often uses trials and difficulties to mature our faith.
Rev. Harold Wilke, who was born without arms found ways to deal with discrimination from an early age. He was barred from his local elementary school. Wilke’s church discouraged him from seeking ordination but feeling called by God, he was ordained in 1939, but only after demonstrating that he could conduct the rites of the church as well as a person without disabilities. His work in disabled rights was recognized with his participation in the White House ceremony for the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 with the first President Bush.
When he was a preschooler he was struggling to get his shirt over his head and shoulders. He recalled in an interview, “I was grunting and sweating and my mother just stood there and watched.” A relative turned to his mother and said, “Ida, why don’t you help the child?” His mother responded through gritted teeth, “I am helping him.”
Sometimes God stands by in silence like a caring mother who does nothing because it actually helps us to mature.
Jesus’ half brother James wrote, "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." James 1:2-4
Tomorrow we will look at our lack of understanding of God.
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