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Why Does God Allow Suffering, Why Does God Test Us?

I woke up this morning
and knew that today,
The sun would not be shining
and the clouds would be gray.

As I stepped outside,
Rain fell upon my head.
My car wouldn't start
so I walked to work instead.

I forgot all of my assignments
I failed all of my tests.
I dropped my head in disgust
and asked the Lord for one request.

'Lord, why is it that
things won't go my way?'
God gently replied,
'Dear child it is because
you didn't appreciate the good in today.

I woke you up and enabled
you to see the sun again.
I gave you shelter,
protected your family, and even let
you make a new friend.

I blessed you far
greater than I ever had before.
But you were too busy
to thank me for more.

You didn't feel sick
because I maintained your health.
You had money in your pocket
because I maintained your wealth.

You had shoes on your feet
and clothes to wear, too.
You had plenty of food to eat,
and what did you do?

You ignored your blessings and went
about your tasks.
But when you wanted something
you never hesitated to ask.
I was there when you needed me
and that wasn't too long ago.
But when things started going your way,
it was God's gifts you did not know.

As if that weren't enough,
I provided our favorite luxuries.
This was something I didn't have
to do-they weren't even necessities.

And when it was time to get on your
knees and show your gratitude,
You decided that after such a
fulfilling day, you weren't in the mood.

So I decided to
give you just a little test.
To show you how it would feel
to stop being blessed.'

I began to realize what
the Lord was saying.
And when I got home, I gave thanks
and started praying.

God said, 'My child, you have
learned and you know I do forgive.
But remember to remember this day
as long as you shall live.

I love filling your life with joy,
and your pain I'll alleviate it.
But just a simple thank you
would show how much you
appreciate it.'

In gratitude I come to You, dear God
In thankfulness I embrace the gifts You give.
In awareness of my blessings I walk with profound gratitude.
Thank You God for life.
Thank You God for health.
Thank You God for Your love.
Thank You God for Your guidance.
Thank You God for endless opportunity.
In Jesus Christ's nameā€¦ Amen

POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: I rely on God to guide me every step of the way.

POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: "If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think." Oprah Winfrey

The Lord's Test