The Power of Redemptive Suffering: Ask 'What?' Not 'Why?'

Woman crying into her hands

What if you’ve learned every conceivable lesson and undergone every imaginable sanctification and the drumbeat of sorrow continues, with no end in sight? What do you do when the spiritual shepherds who assured you God was preparing a weight of glory through your momentary affliction stammer and look away, no longer able to meet your questions? According to Connors, you stop asking “why?” and start asking “what?” That is, “What good can I bring out of this situation?”

The Inauguration of Joe Biden: Two Historic Values That Can Divide Us or Unite Us in a Hopeful Future

Joe Biden, Two values that could unite or divide us

Before the 2020 election, 80 percent of Biden supporters and 77 percent of Trump supporters stated that they and the other side “fundamentally disagree about core American values.” Ninety percent of Biden supporters and 89 percent of Trump supporters said the other candidate’s election “would lead to lasting harm to the US.”

Recognizing the divided and divisive culture of our nation, Mr. Biden “wants to use the [inauguration] to call Americans to unity,” according to his incoming press secretary. But as I am sure Mr. Biden and those praying for harmony know, seeking unity will not succeed unless we commit ourselves to values that are essential to such unity.

Chaos in Washington as Protesters Descend on the Capitol: Two Biblical and Urgent Responses

Trump supporters storm the US capitol

Protesters from a pro-Trump rally stormed the Capitol today, clashing with police and causing authorities to lock down the buildings. This violence is appalling and must stop. We are commanded to “repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all” (Romans 12:17). I understand that many Americans believe the election was rigged and stolen. However, such allegations do not justify the violence I am watching in our nation’s capital.

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