Jeremiah 29:11 A favorite verse to share, this promise is not a spiritual good luck charm or promise of prosperity. Rather, it is the weary exile’s hope for a future rooted in the faithful promises of God.
John 11:1-44 Jesus’ miracles are meant to reveal to us the glory of God and the glory of Christ. The raising of Lazarus reveals God’s glory in three ways: in the delayed relief of human suffering, in the promise of new life, and in the ultimate revelation of Christ in the gospel.
Psalm 44 Psalm 44 helps us orient our response to tragedy and uncertainty in a Godward direction. When faced with trial and honest frustration, how do we avoid the hope-blindness of distrust in God’s covenant faithfulness? By reminding ourselves of the inseparable love of God toward us in Christ Jesus his Son.
1 Peter 5 As the Apostle Peter closes out his first letter, he reminds his readers of the source of their strength during their suffering-filled exile — their salvation. The gifts God gives the church, such as elders, are aids in the long journey home.
The gruesome narrative of Jesus’ suffering and death may lead some to wonder if all that suffering wasn’t a bit excessive, necessary, or even evil. But the prophet Isaiah understood that the savior’s suffering was indeed necessary, and even carried out by God’s own hand.