The death of Christ for the redemption of humanity is the gospel that rejoices the hearts of the redeemed. This redemption is Trinitarian. The Father decrees before the foundation of the world to redeem a people for Himself through His Son, not based on any merit of their own, but purely on the substance of Christ His Son, who would die to effect the ransom for their redemption (Eph 1:3-14). This work is produced in the believer’s heart by the Spirit of God, through regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
In my previous article entitled ‘Why Cults Thrive in Uganda,’ I highlighted the conditions that make it possible and easy for false teachings to prosper in this land. Notably, I made mention of the lamentable lack of biblical teaching on the pulpits, as well as media platforms.
Brother Habakkuk is a tired man. He ministers during the ‘death throes’ of the nation of Judah that has repeatedly refused to repent. He has lived righteously and sought to engage his generation with God’s message but seems to see no fruit. He is weary, frustrated, and discouraged. So Habakkuk decides to ask God questions, in chapter 1, many questions which really are one: why is God silent when the wicked devour the righteous? (1:2,13). Why?
The sweet assurance of God’s superintendence and sovereignty over all affairs of the world is peace to those who trust in Him. The world with all its brokenness can be a source of despair for those whose heart is not rested in the knowledge that God is good, even in my suffering.
There is something so repugnant to the world about a believer holding fast to God in face of calamity and evil. Some see it as utter foolishness and mock, some cannot help but muse within them about the certainty of things unseen, and the ground for a believer’s hope, while others openly express amazement at the endurance and steadfastness of such a man.
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5
For those who have gone through suffering, either as primary or secondary agents, you know how unbearable, and indeed undesirable it is. It wakes up questions that have been slumbering for long, questions you never thought existed, questions that tears cannot drown nor thoughts answer.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. Psalm 3:5
Many of us are not daily grateful for the things we have in life. We awake daily, go about our business, breathe and bathe with no acknowledgement whatsoever of the Lord who sustains us.
You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven,The heaven of heavens, with all their host,The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them,And You preserve them all.The host of heaven worships You. Nehemiah 9:6
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Psalm 19:13
Yesterday in our weekly small group fellowship we were looking at Job 13:1-12. Job’s friends have heard of his suffering and have come to comfort him. At first they sit with him in silence, for a week, perplexed and pained to see their good friend thus.