We have no promise that our sorrows will go away. But in this lab, John Piper reminds us that we do have the promise that God will give us grace to make it through.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Philippians 2:25–30:
- Why does God allow sorrows if he could prevent them? Do any Bible verses affirm your answer?
- What does “sorrow upon sorrow” mean in Philippians 2:27? If God prevented Epaphroditus’s death, why might God have allowed his sickness in the first place?
- If we are not amid deep suffering, we probably know a friend who is. How can you comfort them this week amid their suffering?
Principles of Bible Reading
Find Promises in Who God Is
Golden promises shine in the Old and New Testaments, and it is the Christian’s inheritance to find, claim, and enjoy them.
The Bible is a book full of promises. We can excavate some of them in places many do not see at first glance. Most identify promises where people swear that they will do something for someone else. But John Piper also finds implicit promises in statements concerning who God is or what he does. When texts describe God’s unchanging character or disposition towards his people, they are promises for us today.