In this lab, Pastor John asks us: If we know how to embrace our children when they cry, how much more will the heavenly Father embrace those who run to him in their pain?
Principle for Bible Reading
Authors often give us reasons for why someone did a certain action or why we should do a certain action. They typically give the action statement first (e.g. I went to the store/you should go to the store), then a conjunction or connecting word (in this case, usually so that, in order that, or simply that), and finally the reason for the action or the purpose statement.
- A parent tells his or her child to eat their broccoli (action) so that they can receive dessert later (purpose). The commercial tells us to buy this shirt (action) so that we can be more attractive (purpose). “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God” (action) “so that, at the proper time, he may exalt you” (purpose).
- Does suffering tend to lead you towards or away from God?
- How does Paul describe his suffering in 2 Corinthians 1:8–9? What was the purpose he gives for his suffering in verse 9?
- How can you rely on God more amidst pain and suffering this week?
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