Sensational “deconversion stories” make the news, and seemingly threaten to undermine the faith. The Bible teaches us better than that. Certainly, it warns us to expect it and to guard against it. But it also shows us how great our God is, and how he glorifies himself even in the most egregious example of apostasy in history.
We are all in dire need of knowing God, so it is great good news that Jesus acts to meet the greatest need of those who are powerless to help themselves.
In the midst of disciplining his people for their faithlessness, God sent a parable against King Zedekiah, condemning his misplaced trust and dishonoring of the name of the Lord. Yet, in the context of further coming judgment, God promises a wondrous deliverance. This lesson was not only for the people in Ezekiel’s day, but all the more for us today.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
God graciously provides his entire inspired word to His people, for the accomplishing of his purposes for salvation and for growth. It is therefore important that we understand and embrace all of it, for all that He calls us to do and to be.
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Left to ourselves, we are all bad, but God is greater. He displays this in His transforming of the vile and strengthening of the weak, to do what only He can do.
The raising of Lazarus from the dead is a well-known and precious text from the earthly ministry of Jesus. Examining the setting, the theme, and the purpose of this account, we see a far-reaching and decisive response to the age-old problem of evil, and a response to our suffering that takes place under the power of a sovereign God.
For those with eyes to see it, the scriptures referral the threads of God working out his purposes, in history and in human lives. While we usually see this clearly only in retrospect, the knowledge that he works good for his people in the worst of circumstances (as seen most clearly in the cross of Christ) servers to strengthen our ability to trust in him looking forward.
(With thanks to the artist Propaganda for his album, Crimson Cord)