Commenting on this passage George Matheson writes that the apostle does not want Yahweh’s people to “…be pure because there is no cloud; calm because there is no wind; honest because there is no temptation; loyal because there is no danger.” What noteworthy insight into the way of the Father with His children. We know that Yahweh can heal us, protect, provide for, and keep us, so it is difficult to come to terms with the fact that He Who ‘CAN’ sometimes, simply, ‘does not’!
Although I find it almost impossible to believe that Yahweh sends distressing, stressful situations into my life, I do see that He frequently allows heart-breaking things to happen. Speaking of Yahshua, the prophet Isaiah tells us that “…it pleased [Yahweh] to bruise Him…” [Isa. 53:10] Our Saviour was crushed and battered, bloodied and bruised, and His Father allowed that.
With hindsight we understand the purpose behind it, we know it was not a sadistic mangling of His Beloved Son.
Equally we can know that His workings in our lives have a purpose, and as we learn to walk with Him in faith and trust they will produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Let us say, with George Matheson, “We cannot know Thy stillness until it is broken. There is no music in the silence until we have heard the roar of battle! We cannot see Thy beauty until it is shaded.”
For just as each of us has one body with many members...