Sunday, 31 July 2016

Let the good times roll or let the good news roll

The evidence & experience of suffering is often used as an excuse to reject or blame God. It is biblically clear though that the human family is responsible. And are we just as quick then to thank God for medicine, healing & all the good things that flow from the created order & providential care? No. 
Selective data & atheistic confirmation bias usually seeks to put an end to that. Ironically, those that accuse God have no real moral basis for doing so, particularly as the meaning of life according to atheistic belief & the miracle of life is unable to be demonstrated scientifically as it proclaims a freak accident of no set purpose.
The other day I was questioned regarding God & suffering. I hope I responded biblically & sufficiently even if there was disagreement. It was good this morning to hear the inspired words of Habbakuk 3:1-19. We may not understand everything (nor do we have to) to walk by faith & not by sight.

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Jared Wilson, in Gospel Deeps, writes that “while we may not be satisfied with what God has revealed about his purposes in suffering, we cannot justifiably say he has not revealed anything about his purposes in suffering. We may not have the answer we are laboring for, but we do have a wealth of answers that lie in the same field.”
Here’s an outline of ten reasons he identifies in God’s Word:
1.       To remind us that the world is broken and groans for redemption [Rom. 8:20-23].
2.      To do justice in response to Adam’s (and our) sin.
3.      To remind us of the severity of the impact of Adam’s (and our) sin.
4.      To keep us dependent on God [Heb. 12:6-7].
5.      So that we will long more for heaven and less for the world.
6.      To make us more like Christ, the suffering servant [Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 1:5, 4:11].
7.      To awaken the lost to their need for God [Ps. 119:67, 71].
8.     To make the bliss of heaven more sweet [Rom. 8:18; 1 Pet. 4:13; Ps. 126:5; Isa. 61:3].
9.      So that Christ will get the glory in being our strength [John 9:3; 2 Cor. 4:7].

10.  And so that, thereby, others see that he is our treasure, and not ourselves [2 Cor. 4:8-9].


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