Holding on to Hope

After losing two children to a rare disease, Nancy Guthrie has become an unofficial spokesperson for finding God’s hope in the midst of suffering.  She said, I’ve experienced one of the worst things that can happen, and I haven’t found I’m strong and I can handle it. But I have found out God’s promise is … More Holding on to Hope

My Daughter’s Cancer, the Book of Job, and God’s Mercy

The opening lines from a post at the Desiring God blog: Your daughter has cancer.” Those words still sting lemon juice on a paper cut. Tonight as I put Jada (six years old) to bed I asked her if she knew anyone who loved the Lord but still experienced pain and sorrow. Her reply? “Me … More My Daughter’s Cancer, the Book of Job, and God’s Mercy

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, —2 Thessalonians 1:5-6 From David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible: Many people question the righteousness of … More This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God

Benefits of suffering

From Bible study notes on 1 Thessalonians 3:1-10, THE BENEFITS OF GOSPEL AFFLICTION Paul was writing this letter to a group of Christians who were suffering for their faith. He had the privilege of seeing them receive the message of the Gospel in an exemplary way; but now that they were suffering for the Gospel, … More Benefits of suffering

Job feels abandoned

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger on Job 30: Men who are regarded like dogs by polite society, now look down on Job. His present predicament and degree of suffering is almost beyond words. But what is worse, Job feels as though he’s been abandoned by God. In verses 16-23, Job cries out, “and now my life ebbs away; … More Job feels abandoned

Psalm 73: Questioning God’s goodness and greatness

Sam Storms’ (Enjoying God Ministries) comments on Psalm 73. Asaph, author of Psalm 73, was deeply disturbed and perturbed by the prosperity of the wicked and the oppression of the righteous. It led him to question God’s goodness and greatness. It stirred him to wonder if the pursuit of godliness was really the wisest path to follow. His … More Psalm 73: Questioning God’s goodness and greatness

Ever had to file your theology in the wastebasket because it did not fit what you’re going through?

One dies in full prosperity being wholly at ease and secure, his body full of fat and the marrow of his bones moist. Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of good. They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them.” (Job 21:22-26) Ray Stedman, in a sermon, “Why Doesn’t … More Ever had to file your theology in the wastebasket because it did not fit what you’re going through?

My Redeemer Lives!

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in  my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! Job 19:25-27 Here … More My Redeemer Lives!