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The Greatest Display of the Glory of God’s Grace

The suffering of the utterly innocent and infinitely holy Son of God in the place of utterly undeserving sinners to bring us to everlasting joy is the greatest display of the glory of God’s grace that ever was, or ever could be.

This was the moment — Good Friday — for which everything in the universe was planned.  In conceiving a universe in which to display the glory of His grace, God did not choose plan B.  There could be no greater display of the glory of the grace of God than what happened at Calvary.  Everything leading to it and everything flowing from it is explained by it, including all the suffering in the world.

–John Piper
Suffering and the Sovereignity of God, (2006, p.82)
read 8/3/08

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“Babae, Don’t You See?”

While I was praying, Stephenie had a massive cerebral hemorrhage.  We rushed to the hospital.  I rode in the ambulance while our son Jaime and Ginny and Mincaye followed us in the car.  Grandfather Mincaye had never seen this type of vehicle with the flashing lights, didn’t understand why strangers had rushed into the house and grabbed Stephenie and hurried off with her.  Now he saw her at the hospital, lying on a gurney with a tube down her throat and needles in her arm, and he grabbed me and said, “Who did this to her?”  And I saw a look on his face that I’d seen before, and I knew that he’d be willing to kill again to save this granddaughter who he loved.

I didn’t know what to say, “I don’t know, Mincaye.  Nobody is doing this.”

And just like that, this savage from the jungles grabbed me again and said, “Babae, don’t you see?”

No, I didn’t see.  My heart was absolutely tearing apart; I didn’t know what was going on.

He said, “Babae, Babae, now I see it well.  Don’t you see?  God Himself is doing this.”

And I thought, what are you saying?

Mincaye started reaching out to all the people in the emergency room, saying, “People, people don’t you see?  God, loving Star, He’s taking her to live with him.”  And he said, “Look at me, I’m an old man; pretty soon I’m going to die too, and I’m going there.”  Then he said, with a pleading look on his face, “Please, please won’t you follow God’s trail too?  Coming to God’s place, Star and I will be waiting there to welcome you.”

–Steve Saint
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p.119-120)
read 6-18-08

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The Death of My Dad

If God could plan the death of His own righteous Son, why couldn’t He plan the death of my dad?

–Steve Saint
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p.117)
read 6-18-08

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He is Never Absent or Inactive

All of history is composed of this sort of dual explanation: God foreordains what humans choose.  He is never absent or inactive when human beings hurt each other or themselves.  In the person of His Son, He is always in our midst, as the One who holds each and every aspect of creation, including all of its evil aspects, in His hands so that He may carry it to where it accomplishes exactly what He wants.

–Mark Talbot
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p.65)
read 7-31-08

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His Purposes Will Ripen Fast

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace,
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

–William Cowper
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way” (1774)
as quoted in Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p. 30)
read 6-16-08

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Looking Straight Past Satan to God

In the academic classroom and in the apologetics discussion, the agency of Satan in our suffering may lift a little of the burden of God’s sovereignty for some; but for others, like Job, there is more security and more relief and more hope and more support and more glorious truth in despising Satan’s hateful hand and looking straight past him to God for the cause and for His mercy.

–John Piper
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p.23)
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We Tremble Not

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure;
One little word will fell him.

–Martin Luther
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (1529)
as quoted in Suffering and the Soverignty of God (2006, p.20)
read on 6-16-08

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