Walking by faith not by sight entails trusting the perspective of God over our own evaluation. When see children distressed that they may not gorge on candy, we smile because we know their appetite if not brooked will spill over into misery. The parent knows what the child cannot.
We are always as privileged as Samuel to know what God intends, but we must always trust beyond what we have been told, just as a child must trust the parent whether an explanation comes or not:
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
1 Sam 16:1.
God give me such a heart to trust you – even when I tempted to grieve over your decisions. Too often my heart runs to complaints when it should flow in faith and trust and hope. May I love you enough to trust you, and fear you enough to follow
And an example from Acts 8:
1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him.
3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Both passages also teach us to value the good in terms of glory to God. Being scattered due to persecution – in view of the personal ease and pleasure of the human beings – is all misery. But God brought honey from the lion of persecution. The honey is the glory and enjoyment of God.
In discussing the good which flows from trials we must never read the good which the trial produces as the trial being good. The trial is an evil even of it produces good. The murder of Jesus was evil even though God turned it to good. To ignore this truth will cause use to be unsympathetic with pain of others. Weep with those who weep is a command (Rom. 12:15).