Isaiah poetically affirms that one day “every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of Yahweh will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it” (40:3-4). This may be hard to imagine, but the Bible affirms that everything in God’s universe will eventually be put in place as it ought to be. Sometimes we struggle with the ultimate realities of God’s gracious rewards and his just retribution. At times, we think that God’s revealed plan will leave some things “out of place” or “not quite right.” But from eternity’s perspective, we can be assured that we will together affirm that God’s resolve of earth’s realities will be perfect. There will be nothing inappropriate about God’s consummation of all things. No one will be able to look to a “bump” or a “crack” in God’s settled universe. We will celebrate his grace and affirm his justice. In the meantime, we must seek to understand something of God’s perfect attributes and trust him with his future resolution. Like those who viewed the ministry of the God-man, Jesus Christ, we will certainly agree that “he has done everything well” (Mk.7:37).
When the storms of life sweep in and we become tossed about by things like cancer, unemployment, divorce, or foreclosure, it is absolutely vital we have something strong and reliable to grasp onto. In these critical moments we need alifeline.
As a pastor who comforts and counsels people through difficult times, I have seen a number of these turbulent storms. And I have also weathered a few myself. I’ll never forget the day the doctors informed my wife and me that our unborn daughter Stephanie had a congenital disorder called Spina Bifida. That day would mark the beginning of a whirlwind of emotions, questions, surgeries, tough decisions, and close calls.
The reality is we all go through difficult times and I recently wrote a book on this topic titled Lifelines for Tough Times: God’s Presence and Help When We Hurt. In this brand new release, I share my own story of the difficult months and years following Stephanie’s diagnosis, and more importantly, I examine the biblical lifelines we can cling to in any storm we face. I truly hope you will read this book and be encouraged. For a limited time, you can request Lifelines for Tough Times when you give a donation of any amount in support of Focal Point.
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