Saying "It Is Well" When Sorrows Come
Suffering is all around us. It is hard to go through, and even harder to explain. Hear what Charles Spurgeon's daily devotional, Faith's Checkbook had to say.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (Lamentations 3:27)
This is as good as a promise. It has been good, it is good, and it will be good for me to bear the yoke. Early in life I had to feel the weight of conviction, and ever since it has proved a soul-enriching burden. Should I have loved the gospel so well had I not learned by deep experience the need of salvation by grace? Jabez was more honorable than his brethren because his mother bare him with sorrow, and those who suffer much in being born unto God make strong believers in sovereign grace… The yoke of affliction, disappointment, and excessive labor is by no means to be sought for; but when the Lord lays it on us in our youth, it frequently develops a character which glorifies God and blesses the church.
In this course, we will attempt to use Romans 8:28 as a framework to understand who God is, what suffering is, and what to do in response to it. How will we do that? In five major arcs, we will consider:
Lesson 1: In Christ | Suffering and Sovereignty
Lesson 2: All Things Work Together | Suffering and it’s Complexity
Lesson 3: For the Good of Those Who Love God | Suffering and Lament
Lesson 4: For the Good of Those Who… Are Called | Suffering and Community
Lesson 5: His Purpose, In Christ | Suffering and Glory
I hope you will join us.
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