Talk Notes – November 8

blue note 3Blue Note – Week 2

picking up where we left off least week, we remember that Romans 8.28 states boldly that God works ALL THINGS for the good of those who are loved by God and called according to hie purpose.  but does that mean that God simply makes something good come out of something painful? or does it mean that God is actually ordaining the painful things in our lives in the first place?

LISTEN NOW

while we as people of faith struggle to think that a loving God would have anything to do with bringing pain and suffering into our lives, the bible actually tells us many times that he does. Job states this truth right after he loses all of his animals, all of his servants, and all of his kids, when he says: the LORD gave me what I had and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD! (Job 1.21).

Job was not the only one. yesterday we examined the plight of 4 other people of God in the bible: joseph, who spent years in prison, at God’s design, so that later, many people would be spared from drought and famine.

Esther faced the extermination of her entire race of people, but was placed by God into a role which required her taking a risk and asking the king to spare them. it was a role she did not want to play, but she was told that God had chosen her for a time such as this.

Elijah was so depressed after faithfully serving God, only to flee for his very life, that he begged God to take his life. the pain and fear were unbearable. but God had put him through this to so that he might be used for a greater good.

and finally, Paul, in 2 Corinthians 12, begs God to remove a “thorn,” something painful in his life, only to hear God tell him “no.” “My grace is all you need,” God told him. “My power works best in weakness.

each of these, and many more, are there to remind us that while pain and suffering are unavoidable, God is sovereignly bringing these things about for a greater good and for his glory.

lest we despair, however, that God is mean and cruel and thinks only of himself, we were finally reminded that Jesus himself felt pain and suffering for our good when he died on the cross to reconcile us to God and provide forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.

we concluded our talk by each “throwing away” a piece of jagged glass, which was to represent the brokenness in our lives, and then turned to receive the body and blood of Christ our Savior.

don’t miss next week when we see what can become of those broken shards of glass.

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