A Biblical Answer

The Christian church is plagued today, perhaps even more than in other times, with slick and immediate answers to such spiritual difficulties. But what is really needed is a biblical answer, precisely because these are theological as well as emotional or psychological problems. For their root lies in our idea of God, and how we think of our relationship to him. No short-cut that tries to bypass the patient unfolding of the true character of God, and our relationship to him as his children, can ever succeed in providing long-term spiritual therapy. But the knowledge that the Father has bestowed his love on us, so that we are called children of God-and in fact are his children (1 Jn. 3:1-2), will, over time, prove to be the solvent in which our fears, mistrust, and suspicion of God-as well as our sense of distance from him – will eventually dissolve. Then we will enter into a richer experience of confidence and assurance as the children of our Father in heaven.

-Sinclair Ferguson, Children of the Living God


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