A pastor whose heart is thrilled with God even when his kid is not walking with the Lord, his marriage is troubled, church is declining, the giving is small, sickness is real, is one of the most powerful testimonies of the value of God in the world. What could show the value of God more than that! But if he goes down with everything else, God must not be sufficient. The message of satisfaction with God through trouble is a loud, clear witness to a weary people that God is enough. "Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also", I've got God!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
When you've had a bad day
John Piper was in Phoenix recently for a pastor's conference. I wish I would have attended. His sermon on the centrality of God in the feelings of a pastor is especially helpful to me. Here's a dose of good medicine for remedying a case of the blues: