Sermon Quotes: "The Bitter and the Sweet"
“When God ‘tests’ us he does so by bringing us into situations which call for trust and the endurance and the obedience that proves our trust is real, so that by the exercise of faith in the face of new challenges, our trust in him can develop and mature until we come to see that everything that happens to us is under divine supervision and is brimful of divine purposes for good.” Alec Motyer
“'Testing' God involves putting him on probation, withholding trust pending evidence. For the Israelites it meant doubting whether he who had proved sufficient in the past was still sufficient, now that things had taken a different turn. There is also an element of challenge to God, demanding that he prove his worth all over again: if, against all probabilities, he gets us out of this mess, then we will consider believing, but in the meantime we will suspend both faith and obedience. For these reasons ‘testing’ God is deeply sinful.” Alec Motyer
“It is a wonder of mercy that the Lord puts up with us.” Charles Spurgeon
“What is remarkable is not that God was able to perform the miracle at Marah, but that he was willing to do it for this bunch, a bunch of malcontents.” Phil Ryken
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