God never afflicts man

Do we sometimes blame God for our troubles? Perhaps we even believe that God is punishing us, or that He is putting us to the test to find out just how faithful we are.

In believing that discordant conditions are of His making, we have mistakenly shifted the responsibility for our actions away from ourselves by falsely thinking that God is either avenging our sins or testing us—or worse, that He has forsaken us in our moment of need.

September 17, 1984
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