Monday, January 27, 2014

day no. 12,880: the inevitable result of being alive‏

Clear the Chamber and keep firing away. Here’s what Ozzie shot my way today.

Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God,but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation. Never confound the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life,much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive. Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts HimI will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible.

Many people endure life’s little loops and navigate the day’s difficulties without faith in God. 

We often say that we don’t know how we would get through the day without God, but most of our days (and the good majority of any individual day in particular) is spent getting through the motions of life largely without any thought given to God.

We are practical atheists. We say we believe in God, but we act and orient our lives in a way that largely ignores Him in any significant capacity or import.

We do this and when something that shakes up our usual common-sensical approach to dealing with life comes along, we panic and wonder if God still loves us or if He’s really good. It is embarrassing and deeply discouraging that I am so quick to question God’s character in a moment of difficulty considering how little I consider His goodness and grace all the time when things were going well.

Are you faithful and loyal to God’s character as He reports it?
Have you read what He says about Himself?

Do you believe Him?

Do you trust He is Who He says He is?

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