D. A. Carson:

If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, He would have sent an economist.

If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician.

If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor.

But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death, and he sent us a Savior.

—D. A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992), 109.

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5 thoughts on “God Sent What We Needed”

  1. anaquaduck says:

    I get what is being said but aligning art with entertainment doesn’t gel with me.

    We already have these things & knowing the Saviour helps us in our predicament to realise where & how they all fit together in light of faith,the kingdom & creation which will also be set free from bondage.

  2. David Moore says:

    That is alone one of the most obvious things that I have ever read, but at the same time it as if a light was turned on in my minds eye. it is amazing how something so simple can be so profound. I believe that, that single post will change the way that I approach most things in my life now. Thank you so much for that little bit of wisdom that will last me a lifetime.

  3. Nick says:

    Carson is a master in the art of distilling profound and complex theological truth into short and powerful pastoral paragraphs. That’s a gift.

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