Sparks Fly Up and Grace Falls Down

I was reading through John MacArthur’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians today in the section on 3:18-4:6 and was very blessed by a couple of paragraphs on a Christian’s trouble and God’s help. He says:

“Life in this fallen, evil world is a struggle. In the picturesque language of the book of Job, ‘Man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward’ (Job 5:7). The Christian life is no exception; in fact, the more devoted a believer is to Jesus Christ, the more difficult life seems to get. The Lord Jesus Christ warned His own, ‘In the world you have tribulation’ (John 16:33). Paul and Barnabas preached the sobering truth that ‘through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22). Paul reminded Timothy that ‘all who  desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted’ (2 Tim. 3:12).

But in the same verse in which he warned them of the trials they would endure, the Lord comforted His disciples by telling them, ‘Take courage; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). He also promised to send the Holy Spirit to be their Helper (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). The writer of Hebrews records God’s promise, ‘I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you’ (Heb. 13:5). Through the psalmist, God declared to His people, ‘Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me’ (Ps. 50:15). He promises His children that in their deepest weakness they will find His greatest strength (2 Cor. 12:9-10).”

 MacArthur goes on to make the point that Christians don’t find their help in gazing at their trials but gazing at the glory of God in the face of Christ. Indeed!

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