Elisabeth Elliot, at the conclusion of her book These Strange Ashes, writes of how God allows trials into our lives, and how we can trust him even when we will never, this side of heaven (or perhaps even then) know why.
“As we learn to know God, we learn that His ways are past finding out. We gaze into the abyss and cry ‘Why?’ Seldom does the Lord of the Universe explain Himself in any terms other than those found in His holy Word. ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law’ (Deuteronomy 29:29).
“A hymn that we had sung in our family prayers at home held me steady through many a dark time to come.
If thou but suffer God to guide thee and hope in Him through all thy ways
He’ll give thee strength whate’er betide thee and bear thee through the evil days;
Who trust in God’s unchanging love builds on a rock that naught can move.
Obey, thou restless heart, be still, and wait in cheerful hope, content
To take whate’er His gracious will, His all-discerning love, hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known to Him who chose us for His own.
Sing, pray, and swerve not from His ways, but do thine own part faithfully.
Trust His rich promises of grace, so shall they be fulfilled in thee.
God never yet forsook in need the soul that trusted Him indeed. George Neumark
“God makes no mistakes. He does not fall asleep. He does not forget His loved children. He asks us, every day, no matter what circumstances or adversities we find ourselves in, to trust and obey. He has so arranged things that we may not often fathom His sovereign purposes, but now and then He vouchsafes to us a glimpse of what He is up to.” Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 1998), 149-50.