Grace to Endure Burdens EGP Blog post from December 2, 2018

“There’s no allusion in the Bible … that the Christian life is easy, in the sense of escaping suffering. But … God does not load His children with burdens and watch to see how they do. Every burden that He gives, He provides grace to lighten our load.” —John Piper, “How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?”

“[Jesus does] not demand OBEDIENCE from people to whom [He has] given no GRACE. … At the last judgment, it will be plain to all the world that ALL disobedience is IN SPITE of much TRUTH and much GRACE. Paul gives the principle in 2 Corinthians 8:12. … ‘If the READINESS is there … it is acceptable according to what a person HAS, not according to what he does NOT have.’ … Jesus does NOT demand FRUIT where He has not SOWN seed. …

Paul said, … ‘Through many AFFLICTIONS we must enter the Kingdom of God.’ There’s no allusion in the Bible … that the Christian life is EASY, in the sense of ESCAPING suffering, but God’s role in that includes meeting EVERY need; EVERY need we have. [Paul] says, … ‘No TEST befalls us, but what there is GRACE to endure and escape.’ …

Paul says, ‘My God will supply EVERY need of yours according to HIS riches in glory.’ EVERY need you have [in order to] to deal with the PRESSURES, and SQUEEZINGS, and HARDNESS of life. … God does not LOAD His children with burdens and WATCH to see how they do. EVERY burden that He gives, He provides GRACE to lighten our load.

‘The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are whole toward Him.’ (2 Chronicles 16:9) I love the thought that God is looking everywhere. ‘Where is SOMEBODY that will let Me LIFT the load? Where is SOMEBODY who will let Me CARRY their load?’ Or Isaiah 64:4, ‘Who is a god like You who WORKS for those who WAIT for Him’, who let You carry their burdens? … Remember, He NEVER leaves you to yourself.”

—John Piper, How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?

Key verses

2 Corinthians 8:11–12; Matthew 7:13–14; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Acts 14:21–22; Philippians 4:18–19; 2 Corinthians 9:8–11

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