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Sometime We’ll Understand

He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove his people’s disgrace from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.”—Isaiah 25:8 HCSB

Maxwell Cornelius was brought up on a farm but became a brick mason and contractor in his youth. Then, working on a building project, he suffered a severely broken leg. The diagnosis revealed that the only hope was to amputate the leg. He survived the procedure but was crippled for life.

Increasingly turning to God, he became a minister in his home state of Pennsylvania but moved to California because of his wife’s health. There he turned a struggling church into one that was thriving.

But shortly after the family’s move, his wife died. Struggling to understand the tragedies in his life, Cornelius preached the sermon at her funeral. He quoted from a hymn he had recently composed called, “Sometime We’ll Understand.” Reflecting on the problems he experienced, he described how we may not understand the events of our lives, but “some time” we will.

Through every challenge, we need to trust God, confident that He will hold our hand. The way may be dark, but we can still praise Him, confident that sometime we’ll understand.

Are you going through any experiences you may not understand? Remember to commit them to God, confident that someday it will all make sense. Somehow everything will work together for good (Romans 8:28).

Reflection Question: What circumstances are you trying to make sense of?


Father, I commit these situations to You: _________. I seek Your perspective. Help me understand. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading

Isaiah 25

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