Jimmy McNeal

 
 

Aug 23, 2013

"A Song for the Suffering"

I recently heard a song that touched my heart in a different way. Written by a musician who untimely lost his father, the song describes how their family desperately clinged to God and looked to the truth of the scriptures in the midst of their suffering. As I listened to Shane Bernard passionately sing what his heart had written on paper, John Piper's voice unexpectedly began to speak truth that's hard to hear in such times. But truth is truth for the one who believes in a hope that is to come. I don't know where you are today, but my prayer is that this message encourages you wherever you are in life. Below are the words that Piper passionately shared in the song "A song for the Suffering". 

"Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there. But all of it is totally meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain, from the fallen nature or fallen man, every millisecond of your misery in the path of obedience is producing a peculiar glory you will get because of that.

I don't care if it was cancer or criticism. I don't care if it was slander or sickness. It wasn't meaningless. It's doing something! It's not meaningless. Of course you can't see what it's doing. Don't look to what is seen.

When your mom dies, when your kid dies, when you've got cancer at 40, when a car careens into the sidewalk and takes her out, don't say, "That's meaningless!" It's not. It's working for you an eternal weight of glory.

Therefore, therefore, do not lose heart. But take these truths and day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourself every morning. Get alone with God and preach his word into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and cared for."

- John Piper

Christian, "Because of God's sovereign care for you, every pain in this life is producing a glory for you that will last forever". These are words that should not bring us to fear, but remind us that this life here is temporary and for those who believe in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...Heaven awaits.

 

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

 


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