Christ is so good to us. He gives us promises and hope even in the midst of pain and loss. This is the subject matter of a little essay by John Piper that appeared on the Desiring God website today. Piper writes:
“When huge pain comes into your lifeâ€”like divorce, or the loss of a precious family member, or the dream of wholeness shatteredâ€”it is good to have a few things settled with God ahead of time. The reason for this is not because it makes grieving easy, but because it gives focus and boundaries for the pain.
“Being confident in God does not make the pain less deep, but less broad. If some things are settled with God, there are boundaries around the field of pain. In fact, by being focused and bounded, the pain of loss may go deeperâ€”as a river with banks runs deeper than a flood plain. But with God in his firm and proper place, the pain need not spread out into the endless spaces of ultimate meaning. This is a great blessing, though at the time it may simply feel no more tender than a brick wall. But what a precious wall it is!”
Read the rest of this one and savor all that God is for us in Christ Jesus. Here’s the link: “When Satan Hurts Christ’s People” â€“ by John Piper.