Friday, April 16, 2010

What Calvin said About Suffering

I wrote about the use of our suffering yesterday, and then I went home and listened to Sam Storms' message from the 2009 Desiring God conference where he described Calvin's take on it. Calvin said it much better than I did.

On August 5, 1563 Calvin wrote a letter to the wife of one of the Reformation leaders in France. She was experiencing physical illness and he wrote to her, "They [our physical afflictions] should serve us as medicine to purge us from worldly affections and remove what is superfluous in us. And since they are to us the messengers of death, we ought to learn to have one foot raised to take our departure when it shall please God."

I read that a few weeks ago and I began to ask myself, "Do I live with one foot raised in expectation of seeing my Savior face to face?"
-- Sam Storms. Read more.

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