John Newton and Encouragement in Dark Times
Soon, my family and I will be alone in the tribe, and, I anticipate, our marriage, our parenthood, and our relationship with our Savior will face some difficult tests. 7-8 months from now, when the Williams’ return, we’ll be different people – we’ll have gone through a gauntlet of trials handed down by our Shepherd to draw us nearer to Him, conform us to His likeness, and to shape our affections: negatively, away from the transient; positively, towards the only Person who can satisfy the longings of our hearts.
God has graciously used this text and John Newton’s insight to catch our attention and prepare our hearts for what’s ahead:
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
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