This is part 1 in a series on suffering, by the missionary wife of Jim Elliot, who, in 1956, along with 4 other men, was killed by an indigenous tribe in South America, when they attempted to take the gospel into that area. Throughout her 6 part series, she reminds us that God is sovereign and many sufferings are ultimately a mystery to us, as to why – like Job’s sufferings were not revealed to Job himself. We know more information that Job got, because of chapters 1-2 in the book of Job. God allowed Satan to attack Job. God allowed Satan to attack the apostle Paul. (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) God allowed Satan to attack Peter. (Luke 22:31) She reminds us that God has purposes for our sufferings – to conform us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 12:1-11) and so that we can minister and comfort others by sharing our compassion from what we learn through suffering (2 Corinthians 1:3-10). Throughout her series, she makes the excellent point that part of the way in which we continue to trust God and persevere in our pain and suffering, is to “do the next thing”. Doing our duties in life expresses trust in God. After we pray and read Scripture, mornings and evenings, there comes a point when we have to do things, be disciplined, work, etc. As someone else told me years ago, when faced with a mystery over the next steps in life, “Do what you know to do (obey God through the revealed will of God in Scripture), then you will know what to do.” Obedience causes us to grow closer to the Lord in a personal relationship with Him. (John 14:21, 23; 15:9-11) She wrote many books, one of which had a great impact on me as a young Christian, when I read it in 1979-1982. The book is entitled “The Shadow of the Almighty”.