Stability’s Source in Suffering

A little over two years ago I asked you to join me in praying for a pastor, named Matt Chandler, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. If you didn’t catch this, Matt spoke at the Lead conference in Auburn this year. By God’s grace there is no evidence of cancer, though they warn this type of cancer will not go into remission.

How would you have handled that if you were Matt? Or if you were married to someone who had such a bleak diagnosis? Well The Gospel Coalition took time to ask Lauren Chandler a series of questions, and I encourage you to read the whole post here.

As you can imagine, having three young children at home and a husband who was going through surgery and chemo, a sense of stability was rare. But Lauren found a source of stability in a unique place, but I’ll let her tell that story:

People often cling to biblical promises amid suffering, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone point to Isaiah 33:5-6. How did this passage become so important to you?

I’ve enjoyed the privilege of walking with the (mostly) same small group of women for about six years. Just after Matt’s surgery, we started Beth Moore’s Bible study Breaking Free. In one of her video sessions, she brought our attention to rest on Isaiah 33:5-6. With the sturdy ground of a loving, godly husband threatening to give way, this portion of Scripture provoked me to prop my life on something, or rather Someone, stronger. Verse 6 says, “and he [the LORD] will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.” How I needed some stability! Now, this is an “already and not yet” kind of statement. In Christ, there is stability now in knowing that because of his work on the cross and his resurrection, all things work together for my good (Rom. 8:28); but there is to be a stability at the consummation of all things, when Zion is filled “with justice and righteousness.”

How about you, where do you need to trust God to be your source of stability today?

I encourage you to read the rest of the article here.


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