In the Valley of Despair, Call to Mind God’s Goodness

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 9/19/2018 | Staff
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Like any good father, God allows his children to go through some pain, but he never enjoys it, and he only allows it because he knows that the pain will ultimately produce greater joy. We can trust that God is good because of what his Word reveals about his character. He saved the children of Israel from slavery when he didn’t have to. He sent Jesus to die for our sins when he didn’t have to. We see Jesus’ heart break over every lost sinner and every suffering soul.

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Picture the prophet Jeremiah in a dungeon, sunk up to his armpits in mud, wrestling with the prospect that he might never see his family again—basically, in a moment filled with utter despair. Now, read Jeremiah’s answer to his despair:

Jeremiah is showing us what to do in the midst of despair: We are to call to mind the goodness of God.

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Like any good father, God allows his children to go through some pain, but he never enjoys it, and he only allows it because he knows that the pain will ultimately produce greater joy. We can trust that God is good because of what his Word reveals about his character. He saved the children of Israel from slavery when he didn’t have to. He sent Jesus to die for our sins when he didn’t have to. We see Jesus’ heart break over every lost sinner and every suffering soul.

We know from these things that God is a good, good Father, and we choose to believe that, even when we can’t see or feel it.

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“Call to mind,” you see, is a choice. It means this thought is not naturally in there—we have to put it in there. It’s what D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones called preaching to ourselves. He said, “There is a sense...
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