Friday, September 19, 2014

Guthrie, 2009. Chapter 8, “Hear Jesus Saying, ‘I Am Enough for You’”

Chapter 8, “Hear Jesus Saying, ‘I Am Enough for You’” pp. 107-122

2 Corinthians 12:9

Suffering can lead to an intensity in thought, prayer, and communication which we might not have under less extreme circumstances. Guthrie observes that after the death of her children there wa a great emptiness. This in itself is not a bad thing, as it can bring us to Jesus who will fill our emptiness. On p. 110 she illustrates this concept from John 2:1-9 and 2 Corinthians 11:24-27. When we endure suffering, as Paul did, God declares his grace to be what we need (2 Cor. 12:9, p. 114). While we would often like God to do the miracles we think of as important, God works for his glory and our good, often in ways we would never think of.

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