Am I Scared of God’s Goodness?

It’s kind of a hard question to ask. We know from the Bible that suffering plays an important role in the life of believers. We have even walked close with friends who have experienced intense pain. But we ourselves, well, we’ve not been face to face with affliction yet. We’ve not suffered severe loss. And this starts to make us suspicious, as if we have received too many gifts and before long something terrible is going to happen.

So what do we do? How do we truly enjoy God’s obvious goodness (easy through gifts) while at the same time trusting in his strange goodness (hard through loss)?

In this video, Nancy Guthrie helps us think through this question, taking us deep into the ways of God and his utter sufficiency.

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.