“That, in turn, leads me to say a word about the mystery of our position. ‘If you say’, says someone, ‘that all this is true, and that I am related to Christ in that way, why is it that I ever have to suffer, why is it that I am ever taken ill, why is it that calamities ever visit me, why is it that my crops are ever ruined by storms? Why should anyone dear to me die, why is it that I am not enjoying a perfect life without any problems?’ The answer is supplied by the mystery of our position in Him. We do not understand it fully, but we know that our trials are a part of the process of our sanctification. ‘Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth’ (Hebrews 12:6). It is not that He is unable to prevent these things from happening; He chooses not to do so; it would be bad for us were He to do so. Because of the effects of sin and its operations within us, He has to chastise us; He knows what is best for us. There are times when we need the sunshine, there are times when we benefit by the storm. The Psalmist can say: ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray’, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted’ (Psalm 119:67, 71)” –D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones “God’s Ultimate Purpose — Ephesians 1” p. 444-445
Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
NoteUnder Archived Posts, note that posts from October 2009 through September 2010 were written by Michael Stohlmeyer
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