God does not get things done in the world by merely adding a new coat of paint; He brings the house down to the foundation so He can build something new. God does not argue with us so that we can take our medicine and get well. He raises us from the dead! God doesn’t give us advice about how to overcome; in the gospel, Jesus has already overcome! Amid our glorious ruin, Jesus is strong, so we’re free to be weak; Jesus won, so we’re free to lose; Jesus was a somebody, so we can be a nobody; Jesus was extraordinary, so we are free to be ordinary, and Jesus succeeded for us, so we are free to fail!
Rather than run from the inevitability of life’s tragedies, we are invited to face them, head-on with hope. We can even begin to call things what they are – rather than what we wish them to be. A theology of the cross might sound brutal and ugly to those coasting through life. But to the compulsive, hurting, sin-sick sufferer, the cross is a beacon of hope and rest like no other. Scratch that – the man hanging on the cross is a beacon of hope and rest like no other.
Glorious Ruin – How suffering sets you free by Tullian Tchividjian
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