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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>Unanswered Questions?

>I posted this in November when I was still a xanga ite. For a variety of reasons – yes, some related to the house – I’ve been thinking more of this; so I share it here:

I’m reading a great book by Alistair Begg, The Hand of God, which seeks to demonstrate God’s sovereignty throughout the life of Joseph. Though I’ve not yet finished it, I recommend it highly! Especially helpful for me during a foggy time when I’m praying about a major decision that will have a massive impact in me and my families life and ministry…

Anyway, in the book is told the partial story of Dr. Helen Roseveare who served in the Belgian Congo during the horrific uprising in the mid-1960s that resulted in dozens of missionaries being brutalized and murdered.

Roseveare was in the middle of all this chaos; saw friends shot and dropped into mass graves, and was a victim of brutalization beyond belief.

In a letter to Alistair Begg, Dr. Roseveare declared, “The phrase God gave me years ago, during the 1964 rebellion in the congo, in the night of my own greatest need, was this: ‘Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?'”

Ponder that for a while. How often have we heard, or said, “Well, I sure don’t get this, but I’m sure God will tell me why I’m going through this situation….”

The question Dr. Roseveare heard from God echoes in my heart, and I pray continues to bounce around my heart and mind…”Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?”

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