by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Suffering Savior
Stephen Whitney
Isaiah 53:10-12

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor in Germany in the 1930's when Adolph Hitler came to power. He stood against
the evil Nazi regime as they killed those who opposed them and persecuted the Jews terribly. He became convinced that Hitler must be killed in order for any change to take place and for Germany to be able to make peace with the rest of Europe.

He became one of the many conspirators in a series of plots to kill Hitler. He used his position as a pastor to travel outside Germany
to let the world know about the terrible crimes which were being committed and to seek support in trying to kill Hitler. He was eventually arrested and put in prison. He hoped that one of the plots to kill Hitler would succeed and then he would be set free.

After more than a year in prison he had missed the wedding of his
niece and his best friend, but when he heard they were expecting a child he was sure he would be released in time to preach at the baptism. The child was even named after him and he was even
to be the godfather.

As the date drew near, however, he realized that he would not be released in time for this event either. On May 9, 1944 he wrote,
"It's painful to me, to be sure that the improbable has happened
and I will not be able to celebrate the day with you; but I've quite reconciled myself to it. I believe that nothing that happens to me is meaningless, and that it is good for us all that it should be so, even if it runs counter to our own wishes. As I see it, I'm here for some purpose and I only hope I may fulfill it. In the light of the great purpose all or privations and disappointments are trivial."

Why God does what he does can seem strange to us because we don't think like God and we don't have the power of God to cause what we want to happen the way we want it to happen.

Isaiah 55:8 My ways are not your ways, says the Lord.

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