Each year I choose a devotional book to use during my quiet time. The daily entries help me to gain focus as I begin that time with the Lord. This year, I chose New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. The entry for March 31st gave me much to ponder. It is something I will be meditating on for days to come, especially as Easter approaches. Here are few quotes from that entry.
“The cross is evidence that in the hands of the Redeemer, moments of apparent defeat become wonderful moments of grace and victory.”
“How could it happen that the Son of Man could die? How could it be that men could capture and torture the Messiah? Was this not the end of everything good, true, and beautiful? If this could happen, is there any hope for the world? Well, the answer is yes. There is hope! The cross was not the end of the story! In God’s righteous and wise plan, this dark and disastrous moment was ordained to be the moment that would fix all the dark and disastrous things that sin had done to the world. This moment of death was at the same time a moment of life. This hopeless moment was the moment when eternal hope was given.”
“The same God who planned that the worst thing would be the best thing is your Father. He rules over every moment in your life, and in powerful grace he is able to do for you just what he did in redemptive history. He takes the disasters in your life and makes them tools of redemption. He takes your failure and employs it as a tool of grace. He uses the “death” of the fallen world to motivate you to reach out for life. The hardest things in your life become the sweetest tools of grace in his wise and loving hands.”
Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies . Crossway. Kindle Edition.