We can avoid the faithlessness that destroyed Israel by concentrating on and confessing Christ, by not letting a servant in the house have the place of the head, and by holding fast by faith to the confession of Christ.
Marriage is meant to be a mini-model of Christ’s love for His church: He made our dress; earned our ring with his own blood, sweat, and tears; and it is His promise to us, given to us at our baptism, so we are now all one family.
Who do you say Jesus is? A good man, somebody who had the word of God who made it possible for you to be saved, or the savior who saved you? And how do you view the cross, both Christ’s cross and the crosses he allows in your life? Are they something that aren’t glorious to you, or do you see God’s glory through them?
Jesus has done everything well. He heals a man of deafness so that he could hear and believe the good news of salvation in Christ. Jesus has also opened your ears to hear his Word and believe it. Jesus heals the man so that he can speak. Jesus has given you faith so that you can pray to God on behalf of your friends and share the good news of salvation with them.
When comparing natural religion to God’s religion, we see that natural religion simplifies sin (like “cooties”) when our sinful nature is in fact a mortal disease that only God can cure. Natural religion also follows human traditions instead of using God’s word without modification. Finally, natural religion focuses on the external consequences of sin instead of the internal new man we have been given.
When you want to ask God why he is allowing your pain and suffering, trust that he is planning and doing much more than you can understand. Trust that he has made and rules the universe for your eternal good as proven by the fact that he has saved you.