When you face rugged, brutal circumstances,

you don’t have the luxury of a healthy devotional life — you need extraordinary devotional life.  If the total sovereignty of Jesus is not central to your devotional life, to your experience as you go through your day, you will be angry, or living in denial, or hopelessly depressed — the least challenges will feel overwhelming.  Sovereignty-awareness won’t change your circumstances, but you will see the PURPOSE for your suffering — for Jesus to grow you yet-more dependent on Him, and less dependent on your human-wisdom, and the human-wisdom of others. 

Suffering produces perseverance, then character, then hope/faith/Jesus-dependency.  And there is nothing in this life that compares with Jesus-dependency.  Jesus uses suffering to disillusion us about trusting our human-wisdom, and this gift is precious beyond words.  By far our biggest need as believers, is to be yet-more disillusioned about human-wisdom.  Costly, but a BARGAIN.

Only Jesus makes sense of suffering.  Only extreme sufferers need Jesus to get through the day.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, voice of experience speaking

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