September 21, 2012

God does on occasion take the lives of believers. Think Ananias and Sapphira. Why does God do this? Why doesn’t he merely change the heart of wayward believers so that they repent of their sin? John Piper grapples with this question.

We suffer. If you aren’t suffering right now, wait awhile. Suffering has been given to us by God. Philippians 1:29 says, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake.” J. D. Greear offers truth that helps us suffer well. Here is a quote:

For the believer, however, God has promised to use all of our suffering for our good and for his glory. He has taken the sting out of death and suffering and promised to use it all now for his glory and the good of our church. So in every seemingly “random” bad thing, believers can know that God is working redemptively for his purposes. This is why Paul can say that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom 8:28) and that “God works all things according to the counsel of his will” so that we would “resound to the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:11). This is why Joseph could say to those who committed grave injustices against him that “what you meant for evil, God re-purposed for good.” (Gen 50:20).

Here is an interesting conversation between Al Mohler and Tim Keller about morality. We often hear today that behaviors are wrong only when they hurt others. How should we think and respond to this thought? Mohler and Keller offer their wisdom.

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