By Marc Maillefer
Our lives can swap instantly. A late-night cell name bears tragic information. A doctor's appointment unearths grave try effects. unexpectedly, with blinding strength, storms of discomfort and unhappiness slam into us, knocking us to the floor and leaving us wondering God. Pastor Marc Maillefer attracts from biblical knowledge, his personal lifestyles, and his pastoral event to supply shiny illustrations and purposes of the lifetime of the affliction saint. He reminds us of God's compassionate, merciful sovereignty, and assures us that in the course of our storms, God continues to be with us, presents for us, and has a objective for us.
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He’s been a good friend and a great example of God’s powerful grace. By God’s grace may he and all of us finish well! David’s story from beginning to the end is all about the sufficiency and power of God’s grace in the midst of unbelievable storms. The apostle Paul, who had a similar experience, writes: I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord . . though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
V. 16). In the storm we sometimes doubt that God is there. Or if he is, why doesn’t he do something — why doesn’t he answer us? Job says, “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him (23:832 God with Us 9). Everywhere Job looks, God can’t be found, and pretty soon all hope is gone. Job says to God, “My hope has he pulled up like a tree” (19:10). Perhaps you have seen, as I have, a huge tree uprooted after a storm, with the whole root structure exposed to the morning sun.
Suffering can make you holy. Isn’t that James’s point in James 1:2-4? “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ” That’s holiness, and to get there James says we need endurance or steadfastness; and to get endurance we need a resistant force, which strengthens faith. That force is called a trial, a storm if you will — the Lord’s discipline. ” 53 G OD IN THE S TOR M Do you see how it works? Trials test us, refine us, polish us.