Jerry Bridges has written many very helpful and insightful books. He has a strong grasp on God’s Word and a high view of the God revealed in the Bible.
In his book, Is God Really in Control?: Trusting God in a World of Hurt, Bridges comments on the attitude of faith that responds to God’s providential dealings in times of physical suffering:
God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses it to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.
Trusting God in the midst of our pain and heartache means that we accept it from Him. There is a vast difference between acceptance and either resignation or submission. We can resign ourselves to a difficult situation, simply because we see no other alternative. Many people do that all the time. Or we can submit to the sovereignty of God in our circumstances with a certain amount of reluctance. But to truly accept our pain and heartache has the connotation of willingness. An attitude of acceptance says that we trust God, that He loves us and knows what is best for us.
The following video is a profound example of what it means “to truly accept our pain and heartache” with a heart of loving trust: