It’s been a while.
This on why you should own a smaller home was terrific. [Becoming Minimalist]
Why you should teach your kids to be Christian. [Desiring God]
I was reading Matthew this morning, and this was crushing for some reason. That Jesus is so great, he came and spoke in parables what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.
All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet
“I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” [Matthew 13:34-35]
Here is Psalm 78:2 which is referenced in the passage.
I will open my mouth kin a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old.
The idea that God is the Alpha and Omega. He’s always been. He will forever be. And that at some point in time, he stepped into time and revealed all these deep, mysterious, wonderful things. That puts a heaviness upon my soul that few other things can.
I am compelled by the individual stories in Tim Keller’s Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering. This one by a woman whose husband has ALS was particularly compelling.
Her summary was wise and wonderful and it brought me to tears because of my own experiences over the last three months.
I see how intense sorrow and intense sweetness are mingled together. The depth and richness of life has come in suffering. How much I have learned and how much sweeter Jesus is to me now.
That is a weighty thing to write for a woman whose husband hasn’t been able to speak for eight years. God’s compelling grace and abundant love are staggering things to those who know him. I’m glad for that.
Tim Keller is really good at a lot of things, but he might be best at putting properly into words the very things we feel even if we don’t know how to adequately express them.
Here’s his take from Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering on why suffering pushes you closer to the Lord.
When times are good, how do you know if you love God or just love the things he is giving you or doing for you? You don’t, really.
This is true and something I am grateful for. You don’t. Not the way I grew up. Not with the life I’ve lived. But now I do because I’ve had the most vulnerable thing in my entire world taken from me.
This from the same chapter by a Scottish minister from the 1800s named George MacDonald was also terrific.
The Son of God suffered unto the death, not that men might not suffer but that their sufferings might be like His.
That is my prayer for today and always. That my sufferings might be like His.