Jesus is tender, meek, and mild. He is a precious friend who comforts us, nourishes us, and fills our souls with His peace. But, that is not all He is and that is not all we need Him to be. In our world of pain and darkness and tears, we need more than tenderness and intimacy from God. We need more than a friend.
John Piper explains.
I know that God is tender, and that personal fellowship with him is sweet, and that touching the heart happens through the brokenness of the still, small voice. I know this, and I love it. Jesus Christ is a precious friend to me.
But I also know something else. If, while I am having a tender conversation with my wife, a man breaks in and kills her and all my children and leaves me wounded on the living room floor, I will need a way of seeing the world that involves more than the tenderness of God. If pestilence takes out tens of thousands of my fellow citizens and half my church, my mental and spiritual survival will depend on more than the precious gifts of God’s intimacy…Without a way of seeing the world that can deal with massive evil and unremitting pain under the supremacy of Christ, we will collapse in self-pity or rage.
(Taken from Spectacular Sins, p. 17).
This leads to the question, “Have you come to know God well enough to survive such an evil scenario?” Have you been readied for such events by God’s Word? Will your theology hold you up when nothing else does?
Jesus is your friend, yes. Praise God for that. Sing because of that. Rejoice! But, don’t stop there. God has more to teach you about Himself and it’s thrilling, satisfying, and desperately needed.
If you feel that you wouldn’t be ready for such tragedy, I can’t think of a better place to start than with this book.