Only When We Come to the End of Ourselves Do We Come to the Beginning of God

Only when we come to the end of ourselves do we come to the beginning of God.  This is a common theme in the Bible – desparation precedes deliverance.  Grief precedes glory.  The cross precedes the crown.  Powerlessness is the beginning of freedom.  This is not to say that every cloud has a silver lining, or some such nonsense.  That would be a minimalization.  It is only to say that if the past five years have taught me anything, it is this: I would never have received any clarity about the beauty of the gospel if I hadn’t first been forced to face the ugliness of my sin and idolatry at the foot of the cross.  As the apostle Paul exclained in I Corinthians, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18);.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 138