1. Like Jacob, sinners approach the Heavenly Father wearing the clothes of their older brother, Jesus.
  2. God never delights in seeing his children struggle or suffer. But God does desire that we trust him no matter what the circumstances might look like.
  3. This is an excerpt from part two of “Finding God in the Darkness: Hopeful Reflections from the Pits of Depression, Despair, and Disappointment” by Bradley Gray (1517 Publishing, 2023).
  4. The Bible not only calls us to remember God’s past acts of deliverance; it also invites us to recognize that God in Christ is still in the business of delivering sinners from bondage.
  5. God wants his word of promise to be the only thing we bank on, the only thing we have confidence in.
  6. The hardest thing you and I will ever be called to do is to believe that it is done already, that it really and truly is finished.
  7. Both now and forever, the bruised and crucified Lord nailed to a cross is our assurance of deliverance.
  8. Our comfort in this seemingly endless age of crisis after crisis is the inexhaustible hope of Jesus’s reversal.
  9. In the face of abject evil, these two faithfully cling to the words and truths of he alone who is Good, Jehovah God.
  10. This world of unbearable grief and accidental calamity is being renewed and, soon, will be completely bereft of every pernicious foe.
  11. A seed grows the kingdom of God. A whisper eventually turns the world upside down. A carpenter’s son from nowhere becomes the Savior of everyone. Such is God’s way.
  12. Calvary is our mountain of pardon. It is the place which reveals most definitively God’s plan to redeem and reconcile sinners to himself.
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