“If God loves us, why does He allow so much suffering, even to good people, in this world?” Ever heard that question, or thought about it yourself?? I recently read a story of a silversmith who explained his craft to a group of students. “Raw silver must be held in the hottest part of the flame to burn away the impurities. Afterward it can be fashioned into something beautiful.” A student asked, “How do you know the moment of purification?” “That’s easy,” the Silversmith replied, “ It’s when I can see my image in it.” And there is a verse in the Old Testament that seems to connect what the Silversmith said, to the question of suffering. Malachi wrote, that God “will sit as a refiner’s fire and a purifier of silver…” Later, Peter, was inspired to write, “And God, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will restore you and make you strong.” Yes, God allows good people to suffer, but He makes up for it later. That’s a minute of truth!
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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