How To Not View God Like a Mercenary

Tim Keller poses a great question in Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. It’s about how to mature out of “what can God give me” and into “how great is God.”

The answer is not thrilling, but I believe it is correct

How can you get there — how can you move from loving God in a mercenary way toward loving God himself? I’m afraid the primary way is to have hardship come into your life.

I can certainly attest that I love God more now for who He is rather than anything he’s given me or done for me.

Though You Slay Me

I’ve gone back to this song a lot since our daughter died in December. The Piper soliloquoy in the middle of the song is life-changing.

Don’t say, “it’s meaningless!” It’s not. It’s working for you an eternal weight of glory. Therefore do not lose heart, but take these truths and day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourself every morning. Get alone with God and preach his word into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and cared for.