I suppose we would all say, in our pain, that our great need is for the pain to stop. A doctor, on the other hand, may tell us that our great need is to take the (sometimes nasty) medicine that he will prescribe, because he knows that the pain will not stop otherwise. This second of three brief posts on the theme of What We Really Need also comes from Dr. D. A. Carson.
Dr. Carson wrote: “We quickly learn that God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. He more greatly delights in the integrity and purity of his church than in the material well-being of its members. He shows himself more clearly to men and women who enjoy him and obey him than to men and women whose horizons revolve around good jobs, nice houses and reasonable health. He is far more committed to building a corporate “temple” in which his Spirit dwells than he is in preserving our reputations. He is more vitally disposed to display his grace than to flatter our intelligence. He is more concerned for justice than for our ease. He is more deeply committed to stretching our faith than our popularity. He prefers that his people live in disciplined gratitude and holy joy rather than in pushy self-reliance and glitzy happiness. He wants us to pursue daily death, not self-fulfillment, for the latter leads to death, while the former leads to life.”
From Dr. D. A. Carson in ‘Praying With Paul’.