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D.A. Carson – Comfort Found Only in the Living Lord Himself

3 Apr

In the dark hours of suffering, Christians want more than the assurance that their beliefs are consistent. They draw comfort only from the living Lord himself, from the Spirit whom he has graciously given, from a renewed grasp, a felt experience, of the love of God in Christ Jesus ( Eph. 3:14–21 ). That is not to say, however, that the set of beliefs is irrelevant. It is to say that, in addition to holding that Christian beliefs are true and consistent, the Christian, to find comfort in them, must learn how to use them. Christian beliefs are not to be stacked in the warehouse of the mind; they are to be handled and applied to the challenges of life and discipleship. Otherwise they are incapable of bringing comfort and stability, godliness and courage, humility and joy, holiness and faith.

~D. A. Carson~

How Long, Oh Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Book House Company; 2006) Chapter 1: First Steps – Hard Thinking

Books by D.A. Carson