“Let me instead have fun with myself or a chick so I may feel fulfilled for the rest of the week!”
The Love who spoke:
“For your sake, I have proclaimed: ‘You may now seek Even if you are sick.’”
“I died for I am jealous for that chick and I lived so you can fight temptation even if you are weak” “of two strong desires, which will you take? For lust is but of flesh and images. But My love is eternal and it is far beyond imagination.” “Remember that I am a jealous God for I created you to be mine and that same lady you lusted for is also mine. And the very mind you use to imagine such things is also mine. And I created both of you so you may enjoy Me and be satisfied in Me alone.”
A Letter to the King of kings and Lord of lords. From the saint who has been redeemed by His infinite grace.
My Lord and my God. You possess all knowledge. You created me even though You knew I could never know You You gave me everything even though You knew I will never be satisfied You waited patiently for me even though Your creation was my focus You saved me even though You knew I would be disobedient
I was broken and I blamed You. Yet You still took care of me. I was lost in my despair. Yet You chose to provide me a path to You.
I was unloving. Yet You gave me love.
I was boastful. Yet You served me.
How can this be, God? That You would take my place for me. That You would carry my shame on the cross. That You would send Yourself to live with us only for You to die. That You would choose the redemption of ungodly people rather than Your divine throne.
What kind of love is this? Redeeming us from our iniquities. Reminding us of Your loving promises. Breaking us from the bondage of sin. Providing us eternal life.
Nothing can ever go above Your standards, Mighty God. Not the greatest definition of love from humans. Not the wonderful treasures of this world. Not the rich knowledge we acquire. Not the impressive skills we are gifted with.
My gratitude is with You forever. To the Father who sent His Son. To the Son who gave Himself up. To the Holy Spirit who abides in us. To the mystery of Your nature.
With all these I praise You!
All Your saints cry out to You as we wait on the day of Your majestic return, my Lord and my God.
Psalm 113:1-3 [ESV]
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
This book has been and will be the worldview I will be holding regarding a specific subject to which we all have controversial questions with: sin. I was a new Christian when I bought this and this was the first Christian book I ever read and I cannot thank God more that it was the first book He allowed me to read. This may just be the reason why I decided that this book should be the first in line for my book reviews in my blog. As a new Christian back then, I took this book because the title has caught my attention since I had the question “How can a perfectly good God allow horrible events to fold?” before I even stumble to this book. One of the reasons why I bought this book is because the title made me think “Is there really something spectacular about sin?”. It has indeed answered a lot of questions to which I had ever since I was in grade school. This is why I love this book because it is not afraid of the questions (e.g.”Where was God when x event happened?”) to which we all fear be thrown to us if we stand in the Christian faith. If we fail to answer the questions that lingers in this current generation, we will fail to stand up for our Christian convictions and in the long run, our faith will surely be just for wimps.
I am giving this book a perfect rating. I believe this book will make an impact to every Christian that is willing to grow more in love with the Lord Jesus Christ. It lives up to stay away from being a “wimpy” Christian and to answer the hard questions in light of God’s Word (and not human philosophy). It is a thoughtful book as well. Piper himself will honestly say that though the book has answered a lot of our questions, there will be those that cannot be answered. His humility spoke to me time and again that I am not omniscient like our God and I praise God that He is and I am not. With this: I learned that though His Word can answer the fundamental questions we humans have, it intentionally tells me that there are questions it leaves unanswered so as to tell me that I am in need to submit to God Himself and His wisdom alone.
Will I recommend it?
Definitely YES. To whom? To every fellow brother and sister in the faith. I will also recommend this to skeptical people (Christian or non-Christian). The Lord has truly used Piper to give His people the right knowledge of who He is and His sovereignty over all things.