God’s Character Doesn’t Change in Your Suffering

A while ago, I went through a pretty consistent period of depression. It was the lowest my life had been since I was in drug and alcohol treatment in 2012. It was difficult for me to reconcile the goodness of God and the gospel as I felt miserable on a consistent basis.

A good friend of mine really challenged me during this time. One, he helped me to realize that much of my suffering was self-inflicted. Depression isn’t always this way, but in this case, it was. Second, he told me to quit beating myself up and focusing on “what was wrong with me” and begin thinking about “what is right about God”. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was a turning point for me in coming out of depression. So with pen in hand, I popped open my journal, and here’s what hit the pages.

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Everything

As if verses 28-30 weren’t already one of the most precious and comforting promises we can cling to as believers, Paul keeps piling on the goodness of our Heavenly Father in verses 31-32.

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Conforming Glory

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  – Romans 8:28 (CSB) I love that verse.  It was my grandpa’s favorite verse.  He had a wooden plaque with that verse etched in it.  That plaque now hangs in my office, and […]

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The Amazing Sinfulness of Sin

We cannot seek an understanding of Christ and the effect of his redeeming love on our lives apart from understanding that without Christ we are desperately sick. The universal sickness tainting all of mankind confronts us with the truth of who we are apart from the transforming work of God’s grace. Our eyes are opened by our Redeemer to our own sinfulness. Simultaneously working alongside this fresh view of ourselves, we start seeing God and his ways with greater clarity.

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