A Hope for the Hardships—October 2020

October 1, 2020 at 10:16

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men and women graduating from the resident program.
Jacob (left), Becky (middle), Joseph (right) celebrating their graduation from the Resident program.

For ages, people have often struggled with the idea of God’s goodness in a world filled with pain. For years, Jacob never understood how God could be good and allow painful things to happen to him. But the Lord continued working on Jacob’s heart. Through his time in the resident program, Jacob’s struggles drew him closer to God and ultimately draw him closer to others, that they might find the same healing that he experienced.

If you were to ask Jacob where pain and suffering fit into God’s goodness, his answer would have been layered with anger. Jacob, like most of us, experienced pain and suffering in his life. However, instead of leaning on Christ, he chose to process his pain alone.

“The Lord was always with me,” acknowledges Jacob. “He allowed the painful stuff to happen so that I would not only be drawn close to Him, but to sit with others in their pain.” After his graduation in 2019, Jacob returned as a Servant Leader, continuing to help others through the difficult process of recovery.

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