human12 (human12) wrote in rsqubf,

God's glory or God's punishment?

In his recent message, John Jun uses John 11:1-16 to teach his people how to deal with family crisis. This time he teaches UBF people that a family crisis is for the glory of God.

“…How did Jesus respond when he heard that Lazarus was very sick? Look at verse 4. “When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that Gods son may be glorified through it.’” Jesus proclaimed that the sickness would not end in death. A philosopher, Keirkegaard wrote the book, “The Sickness Unto Death” based on this passage. He said that sickness that ends in death causes despair. Mary and Martha thought that Lazarus’ sickness would end in death and they worried and despaired. But Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death but God’s glory. Jesus said that God would reveal his glory through the troubles in Lazarus’ family. What can we learn from Jesus’ word? What attitude should we have when we face an unexpected crisis? As children of God, we should not fall into fear or assume that the sickness will end in death. We must remember Jesus’ word and accept it. In times of crisis we should not despair but rather glorify God. It is the opportunity to do God’s work and reveal God’s glory. Here the sickness does not refer only to physical sickness but also spiritual sickness. When this sickness infests the family, we must consider it for God’s glory, grow in faith, and glorify God…”
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