In D&SS, Daniel’s life has been anything but perfect…and things go downhill from there. In the midst of some pretty harrowing experiences, he learns he has a Heavenly Father who loves him. As you can imagine, he has a hard time believing that.
If there is a loving God, then why has his life been so horrible?
How can a good and all-powerful God allow suffering?
Throughout history, Godly men and women have written libraries on this subject. I won’t attempt to delve into the intricacies of that question here. Rather, I’ll turn to Daniel as food for thought.
Is an orphan
Has never had a real friend
Was only adopted because the family choosing him wanted a live-in servant
Is being hunted by an Enemy he never knew existed
But why am I making him suffer?
Because if he had not experienced those hardships, then he would not be a suitable character for what I have planned for him in the Sons and Daughters series. He would not be prepared for the task set before him, and he would not be prepared for the rewards I plan to write into his destiny. He’d be boring. He’d lack character…and that’s the very thing he is designed to be.
I am the author in this scenario, so I have the benefit of knowing that every detail of his life was intentionally “allowed” or “designed” to produce in him endurance and strength. It’s the same for us in the real world. Suffering is an obstacle to God when we lose sight of (or never had) a concept of life beyond the material, and/or if we don’t believe in a God who transcends time and space. He is the Author of our stories, and he knows what type of people we must become.
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
How has God used hardship or suffering to help you grow?
What are the most helpful lessons about suffering you’ve learned through your life?
Daniel and the Sun Sword is now available for PRE-ORDER!
1) If you live in or around Dothan, AL:
Those who are local, please INDICATE where you would like to pick up your order:
♦ The Launch Party in MID JULY. (This will be the earliest you can get the book)…or…
♦ Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic at 101 Medical Drive, 36303 (Late July) or…
♦ First Presbyterian Church at 3012 West Main St., 36305 (Late July).
2) If you live out of the area, click HERE to order on Amazon.
♦DON’T GET CONFUSED: The book will be available in July, but on Amazon.com and on B&N.com you’ll notice that the official “release date” is listed as November 3, 2015. This is due to Mysterious Publishing World Rules. As the name implies, they’re very mysterious. You WILL receive your copy of Daniel and the Sun Sword by the end of July or early August if you order through Amazon.
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