Glorious Ruin (Quote from Tullian Tchividjian): “…the gospel is not ultimately a defense from pain and suffering; rather it is the message of God’s rescue through pain. In fact, it allows us to drop our defenses, to escape not from pain but from the prison of How and Why to the freedom of Who. We are not responsible for finding the right formula to combat or unlock our suffering. The good news of the gospel does not consist of theological assertions or some elaborate how-to manual. The good news is Jesus Himself, the Man of Sorrows, the crucified God who meets us in our grief.”
Table Talk (The Chat): The tendency of most of us, when dealing with hardships, challenges, sufferings or pain of any sort, is to momentarily sit and wonder. To stop and think about why whatever happened in fact happened. We, for a time, cease movement and ponder what the difficulty we may be experiencing means. In a sense, it is as if we become paralyzed by our thoughts on the how and why; we are stunned into a state of suspended animation. But what if we first focused on the Who instead of on the How and Why? Would this change the way we go forward?
Finding Freedom (Scripture Reference): Job 1-2
Table Talk Discussion Question: When you have faced suffering, on any level, has your tendency been to focus on the how is this possible or on the why me versus on the LORD, I know You are with me?
To Read an Excerpt from This Book: Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free