Lent Quotes: Larry Crabb – The Holy Spirit Uses our Sorrows to Deepen Our Desire for Christ

March 25, 2010

The following quote is not specifically-related to Lent in any way, but struck me powerfully last week when it was shared at a conference I attended. The quotation is from Larry Crabb’s book Shattered Dreams, and it provides a powerful image of how the Lord can use sorrows and trials in our lives for His purposes.

“Perhaps we can better hear what our Lord means when He tells us to live now with untroubled hearts….

‘I know things are not now as you want them. I know many of your dreams are not coming true. I want you to understand that things are not as I will one day make them. I like neither the distance between us nor the pain you suffer. Until I come to bring you to My Father’s house, I am devoting myself to only one thing: I am preparing a place for you. And My Spirit, on My behalf, is devoting Himself to only one thing—preparing you to enjoy Me and all that I will provide.

I have called you not to the secular journey where you must make everything in your life now as pleasant as possible. I have called you to the spiritual journey, to a process of enlarging your heart to desire Me above everything else.

Do not be troubled by all the dreams that will shatter while you remain on earth. You will feel deep pain. But every sorrow you experience will be used by My Spirit to deepen your desire for Me. He will speak to you about Me. Listen for the voice. You will hear Him most clearly when suffering humbles you enough to want to hear Him, to know you cannot go on without hearing Him.

This time of distance, when you will feel such disappointment both with your life and with yourself, will awaken your heart to receive Me with great joy when I finally come. I will not delay. I will come at exactly the appointed time. My Father will give the signal. Listen for the shout.’

And our response is, Come, Lord Jesus; come soon! Until then, we wait with untroubled hearts. We scream, we cry, we fail, but we wait, abandoned to our Kinsman-Redeemer, confident that He has paid a price for us that guarantees our eventual intimacy.”

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Psalm 142

March 25, 2010

I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. (Psalm 142:1)
      LORD, thank you for hearing us when we cry out to you.

I pour out my complaint before him; I declare before him my trouble. (Psalm 142:2)
      Lord Jesus, you know the sorrows and grief of our hearts; please move in our lives.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalm 142:3)
      Jesus, defeat the purposes of those who would harm us and keep us steady in you.

Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)
      Father, I turn to you; thank you for adopting me as your child and for caring for me.

I cried out to you, O LORD: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:5)
      Father, you are my refuge: day by day I flee into your arms and you hold me up and comfort me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.” (Psalm 142:6)
      Jesus, I depend on you to strengthen me each day with your Holy Spirit.

“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name; the righteous shall surround me, for you shall deal bountifully with me.” (Psalm 142:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help me and all your people who are imprisoned by events in their childhood or later. Surround us with your faithful witnesses and deal bountifully with us. Thank you.

      How easy it is
      for me to live with you, Lord.
      How easy it is to believe in you
      when my mind reels from not understanding,
      or when my mind weakens–
      when the most intelligent people cannot think
      beyond the evening and do not know
      what must be done tomorrow.
      You convey to me the
      lucid assurance that you exist,
      that you will see to it that not all paths
      toward good will be closed.
      At the peak of earthly renown
      I look back with amazement at
      that road which by no stretch of the imagination
      I could have devised–
      A remarkable road through despair
      which has led me here
      where I too have been able
      to send mankind
      reflections of your rays–
      As for what I
      won’t have time or ability for–
      This means that you have
      reserved it for others.
            Prayer
            Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Thursday: 140, 142; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31
Friday: 141, 143:1-11(12); Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45

Albany Intercessor


In their dreams

March 25, 2010

Song of Solomon 5:2 (New International Version)
I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking:
“Open to me, my sister, my darling,
my dove, my flawless one.
My head is drenched with dew,
my hair with the dampness of the night.”

Psalm 16:7-8 (New Living Translation)
I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.

O Lord,
Bring Your children in Sudan to a place of rest, where they can stop striving, and speak to them in their dreams. Amen.


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