To the Lord your God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens the earth and everything in it. Yet the Lord set his affection on your forefathers and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants above all the nations
I recently finished “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom. Astounding. I saw the play version on Easter when I was in Kosovo for my DTS outreach, but it was incredible actually reading the account of the faithfulness of God.
“In 1959 Corrie was part of a group which revisited Ravensbruck now in East Germany, to honor Betsie and the ninety-six thousand other women who died there. There Corrie learned that her own release had been the result of a clerical “error”; one week later all women her age were taken to the gas chambers.
The book ends with that passage. I sat there stunned at the sovereignty of God. The sovereignty of God does not mean that we are exempt from hardship by any means. But it gives me hope that in the midst of hardship, Romans 8:28 is true, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called; according to his purpose.”
There have been a few things that have happened in my life recently that make me want to question the character and nature of God. But then I am pulled back to reality by the astounding testimonies in my own life of His character. He is faithful! He is writing an amazing story! He will take every hardship and weave His thread of goodness through it, if we’ll allow him and if we’ll see it.
At the end of the book, Corrie ends with a devotional/application. As I slowly get these truths engrained into my mind, breakthrough is happening in my perspective!
1. God governs all things, even those that appear to us senseless or cruel.
2. God supplies grace for present need
3. God wills us to give thanks