When I was in Ethiopia teaching Wisdom Literature, we spent a lot of time in Job. I asked the class one day, “What have you learned from Job, or learned from suffering?” One student answered: “Suffering is an opportunity to upgrade my faith.” I learn far more teaching in Ethiopia than I can give out.Continue reading “The lesson of suffering”
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The silence of God
We search and don’t seem to find him. But we keep trusting. We keep waiting.
Fire and the Testing of the Heart
3 A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. (Prov. 17:3, CEB) 8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turnsContinue reading “Fire and the Testing of the Heart”
I Can’t Find God
There are those times when God just doesn’t seem to be there. It’s really as if the darkness does hide him. These words from Job are powerful: 8 Look, I go east; he’s not there, west, and don’t discover him; 9 north in his activity, and I don’t grasp him; he turns south, and I don’t see.Continue reading “I Can’t Find God”