Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Sweet and Bitter Providence

I recently finished reading A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper and I highly recommend it. Piper explores the sovereignty of God in the lives of His people even when it seems that we have gone off-track.

Another important theme Piper explores is how God works in the ordinary events of our lives for a grand and eternal purpose. Here is one of my favorite passages from the book:

"... God’s purpose for his people is to connect us to something far greater than ourselves. God wants us to know that when we follow him, our lives always mean more than we think they do... For the Christian there is always a connection between the ordinary events of life and the stupendous work of God in history.

Everything we do in obedience to God, no matter how small, is significant. It is part of a cosmic mosaic that God is painting to display the greatness of his power and wisdom to the world and to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). A deep satisfaction of the Christian life is that we are not given over to trifles. Serving a widowed mother-in-law, gleaning in a field, falling in love, having a baby—for the Christian these things are all connected to eternity. They are part of something so much bigger than they seem."

The good folks at have made this book available for free online. Or, if you wish, you can also purchase it online, at Amazon, and at your local bookstore.

Here is a little more about the book:

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