It’s Not About You…

At the end of the day, God’s power is not primarily about victory over your particular situation.  It’s about the glory of His name on earth.  Sometimes He does that by giving you victory over an obstacle; other times He does that by letting you suffer to show a watching world that He is better than anything else on the earth.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 182

How God Feels About Us is Forever Established in the Gospel

Just because God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you think He should doesn’t meean that He is any less compassionate or any less in control.  It doesn’t even mean you missed the will of God in what you were asking for…

The question about why God allows tragedy, evil and suffering are worth a book unto itself.  But how God feels about us, and how He relates to us, has been forever established in the gospel.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 178

This Life Is Not All We Have to Live For…

Listen to me, dear friend.  Our hope does not lie in this temporal life; it lies in the life to come.  And sometimes that is all the consolation there is.  Suffering takes us to the edge of eternity and confronts us with the horror of a life filled with arbitrary pain.  But if the end of this life brings us to the threshold of eternity, then the most fortunate people in the universe are those who discover, through suffering, that this life is not all we have to live for.  Those who find themselves and their eternal God through suffering have not suffered meaninglessly.  Their poverty, grief, despair, and hunger have driven them to the Lord of eternity.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 173-174

And That Christian Is All You Need to Know

In a roundabout way, our cries of grief are statements of faith that God in Christ is making all things new, that one day all that causes us pain and discomfort will be put away forever.  We’ve spoken about the danger of Romans 8:28; now it’s time for the beauty.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”.  And that, Christian is all you need to know.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 172-173

Our Sin, Our Imperfection, Isn’t Counted Against Us

Suffering has a way of stripping all resources away from us so that in the end, all that we have is the only thing that matters: the approval of God based on the accomplished work of Jesus.  Our sin, our imperfection, isn’t counted against us!

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 170

Pain and Suffering Loosen Our Grip on Life

Pain and suffering loosen our grip on this temporal life.  Deeper suffering can lead to deeper surrender.  In time, our career aspirations and our personal opinions become less important.  Our bodies age, our joints stiffen and ache, our eyes grow dim, digestion slows, and sleep becomes difficult.  Yet at the same time, the ups and downs of daily life grow smaller and smaller.  With each new pain and health complication, the world becomes more appealing.  In its own way, pain paves the way for a graceful departure (Ecclesiastes 12:1-14).  Death, after all, is not the end but the threshold of a new day.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 163