An excerpt from the book “Living Without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Counsels of the Holy Elders of Optina”
We must always say: “O Lord, let it be according to Thy will,” either this way or that, for we must receive all that is sent to us as from the hand of God; the sorrowful with patience, the pleasant with thanksgiving. – St. Moses
I don’t want to turn this post into a “nature of God” debate. I don’t really care if you think God causes suffering or if you think Satan does. To me, the point of this quote is this:
Regardless of whatever we are going through, we are to trust God as we endure the pain.
If we don’t have faith through trials we ultimately have no faith at all.