God is faithful. In the midst of trials, whether they be work-related, health-related, money-related, or relationship-related, God is faithful. Always. No exceptions. He is good and gracious and kind and merciful, and He is all of these things even as He desires to refine and shape us through earthly, temporary trials.
Perhaps the worst effect of a trial is the temptation it elicits to take our eyes off of Christ and put it onto ourselves or our circumstances And often we fall into this trap, do we not? Even if our words are garbed in Christianese, in reality, we are seeking our eyes are fixed on us not on Christ.
Yet the only way to weather a trial—and to truly emerge from a trial spiritually stronger—is to turn to Christ. If we have Christ, what else do we need? Jesus, like His Father, is faithful. He will not lose us nor forsake us. Oh, what a precious Lord we serve!
With that, I am thrilled to be able to present to you this week's almost-had-to-be-postponed-till-Saturday week in review (kind of):
- I just found out about this. Check your freezer!
- If you have a pastor who is faithful to the Word, you have a great treasure.
- Some sayings Christians ought to bury.
- This kind of makes me nauseous.
- This also makes me a little queasy. What in the world is an "intercessory prayer mantle"?
- This, on the other hand, is very cool.
- And this is actually kind of hilarious.
- Fun fact: I wish I could yodel. Of course, I think you have to be able to sing to do that, so there's no hope for me this side of glory. But hey, at least I didn't put together a YouTube video claiming to teach others how to yodel.
- I don't remember if I already shared this with you, but it's gorgeous, so if I did, hopefully you don't mind.
- I say it every week: sigh. Big, long, loud, anti-egalitarian sigh.
- So...can we trust the New Testament text?
- J.C. Ryle with eight profitable ways to read the Bible.
- Phil Johnson preaches from Philippians 3:9: