I can’t help but point to God as the good and faithful author of a story that I would never have wanted to play a part in unless he had written me into it.
Sometimes it is so hard to follow and love You in the midst of a broken world and a broken me. Sometimes I think life would be easier if I didn’t have to feel the pain of a world and people without You. Sometimes I think life would be easier if I didn't realize the extent of my own sin.
We serve a God who is in the business of redeeming every single painful and heartbreaking moment for a grand and glorious and eternal purpose. And what a beautiful thing it is to be able to trust in the fruit that He is growing in us because of this light and momentary suffering.
It seems that it is more difficult for me to praise God when I don’t have an abundance of good things happening in my life. My mind does not often go to thanksgiving when I don’t see all those little (and big) things to be thankful for.
Do you ever have those days when everything seems to be crumbling? When things are just falling apart left and right and you don’t have the strength to hold it together anymore? When it seems like everything is just too much and you want to give up?
My tendency when I approach Scripture is so often what can I get out of this? How can I apply this? How does this relate to me? While those are questions that sometimes (and often should) come out of our study of the Word, those should never be our initial questions. The Bible was not first and foremost written as a guidebook for our lives or an encouraging balm for our souls. No, the Bible is God’s divine and gracious revelation of His character and works to His people.
Why do the righteous suffer? Is all suffering for the sake of God? How do we reconcile the fact that God is good and God is sovereign with the fact that there is evil in the world? Does God somehow ordain evil and suffering? Why do the plans of the wicked prosper?
The Old Testament prophecies declared the promise of a Messianic King, but the king they hailed was unlike any the world had ever seen before. The definition of a king is one who is supreme, preeminent, the most important, the chief authority, one who rules those below him. Isaiah 9:7 seems fitting with this description … Continue reading The Servant King
Chapters 15-17 of Genesis give a snapshot of Abraham’s continued journey of faith with the Lord. In chapter 12 the Lord made a promise to Abram to bless the nations through his offspring. What follows in chapters 15-17 is a series of further affirmations and articulations of this promise (15:1, 15:4-5, 15:7, 15:13-16, 17:1-8, 17:16-21) … Continue reading The Covenant God
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you and My covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. – Isaiah 54:10 Steadfast love. Lovingkindness. Grace. Covenantal love. In the Hebrew this is called hesed. It refers to … Continue reading hesed