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Corrie Ten Boom’s Suffering in The Book Hiding Place

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Corrie Ten Boom’s astounding life story; “The Hiding place” is an incredible story about her and her sister Betsie, being sent to concentration camps for hiding Jews in WWII. Despite enduring so much pain throughout this adventure, Corrie and her sister continuously worshipped God. Every day these two sisters had to convince each other, and themselves, that all this suffering would soon end, and they would soon be free from the “hell”, or the concentration camp that they had been placed in. in spite of all this, Corrie and Betsie somehow managed to keep in mind that God was with them. One of Betsie Ten Boom’s famous quotes are, “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still”. Before the whole adventure began, corrie’s mother became very ill. Although her mother suffered bed ridden and unwell, she worshipped the Lord with all her heart. Though, she soon died leaving her family to mourn her death. Although through death comes great suffering, Corrie Ten Boom’s mother lead a great example to what is about to come for Corrie and Betsie.

 All Corrie Ten Boom’s suffering began after a quite normal and simple life. Willem, Corrie Ten Boom’s brother, started working in the secret underground where he learned that Hitler wanted to take away the Jews, and put them into concentration camps. Corrie and the rest of her family took on the responsibility of hiding several Jews in their house. The very first big step of their adventure began when a man brought a baby Jew into their house, seeking help. The Jew needed a place to stay, yet even the pastor of a church wouldn’t take it, stating it was too dangerous. This courageous family decided they would find a place for this baby to stay hence, beginning the house rule that the door will be open to anyone who needs help. After this mindset came about, Corrie and her family welcomed many Jews and kept them safe in a small space hidden in her room. Not long after, Corrie, Betsie and her father all went to a concentration camp where the endured much pain, including two of them dying. But how could all this suffering happen to a good person like Corrie? 

While Corrie was held in captivity this is something that she had said, “During this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy. “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part evil is spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.” I found myself saying, “Hallelujah! Because I am suffering, Jesus is glorified”. Since God is the source of all goodness, his glory is the wellspring of all joy. What God does for his own sake benefits us. Therefore, whatever glorifies him is good for us. And that includes the suffering he allows or brings into our lives. God refines us in our suffering and graciously explains why: “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this”. For emphasis, God repeats this reason. Some consider God cruel to test us for his sake, but the testing he does for his sake accrues to our eternal benefit. How often have you heard people say, “I grew closest to God when my life was free from pain and suffering”? God takes our suffering and turns it around so that we can see how good he is. Not only does God come into your life to make your life better, but he may also use your suffering and life story for everyone else as well. If Corrie had not endured this suffering, there would be no book to read, no moral of the story. The whole reason why God “allowed” this suffering was so that Corrie could share her amazing story with all of us. Now, Corrie’s life story is known all over the world, spreading hope to people about God and his love, that even in the darkest times, God will shine through. 

This story has impacted so many people, spreading the gospel to people who may not have even thought about following Jesus. This is how God uses suffering for his glory. He takes the sin of the world and turns it into a better story.

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