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Suffering according to the will of God

21 Oct

“Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4:19:

John Bunyan had a pretty miserable life in many ways, yet he has some of the best things to say about God’s sovereignty in suffering and its ultimate fruitfulness. In his book Seasonable Counsel or Advice to Sufferers he says:

It is not what enemies will, nor what they are resolved upon, but what God will and what God appoints, that shall be done… and as no enemy can bring suffering upon a man when the will of God is otherwise, so no man can save himself out of their hands when God will deliver him up for his glory… Suffering comes not by chance or by the will of man, but by the will and appointment of God…

How kindly, therefore doth God deal with us, when he chooses to afflict us but for a little, that with everlasting kindness he may have mercy upon us. Isaiah 54:7-8.