Wisdom from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
I believe that God both can and will bring good out of evil. For that purpose he needs [people] who make the best use of everything. I believe God will give us all the power we need to resist in all time of distress. But he never gives it in advance, lest we should rely upon ourselves and not on him alone. A faith as strong as this should allay all our fears for the future. I believe that even our errors and mistakes are turned to good account. It is no harder for God to cope with them than with what we imagine to be our good deeds. I believe God is not just timeless fate, but that he waits upon and answers sincere prayer and responsible action.
“A Few Articles of Faith on the Sovereignty of God in History,” Letters and Papers from Prison, ed. Eberhard Bethge, trans Reginald H. Fuller. (New York: Macmillan, 1953), 27.
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