I was listening to another lecture on suffering and the lecturer paused on vs. 23 of this passage from Psalm 73:
21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.
23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:21-26
I remember acting like a beast toward God – NEVERTHELESS – God held my right hand.
I was using my son’s disabilities as an excuse for sinful bitterness and angry responses to God – NEVERTHELESS – God used this same boy and his disabilities to reveal how ugly and destructive that bitterness is in light of how beautiful Jesus is, and then planted in me the desire to lay down that bitterness forever. He continues to help me when the seeds of bitterness start to grow again.
And because he holds me (and you if you are in Christ!), nothing can take me from him:
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Thank you, Jesus!
P.S. The lecture I reference above was quite good, but it is part of a much longer series. Before I recommend it, I’d like to make sure they continue to handle the scriptures well.