Monday, August 13, 2007
Our Lord has a right to expect that
those who name His name have an underlying
confidence in Him. God expects His children
to be so confident in Him that in any
crisis they are the ones who are reliable.
Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain
point, then we turn back to the elementary
panic-stricken prayers of those people who
do not even know God. We come to our wits'
end, showing that we don't have even the
slightest amount of confidence in Him or
in His sovereign control of the world.
To us He seems to be asleep, and we can
see nothing but giant, breaking waves on
the sea ahead of us...
There are times when there is no storm or
crisis in our lives, and we do all that
is humanly possible. But it is when a
crisis arises that we instantly reveal
upon whom we rely. If we have been
learning to worship God and to place
our trust in Him, the crisis will reveal
that we can go to the point of breaking,
yet without breaking our confidence in Him.
We have been talking quite a lot about
sanctification, but what will be the
result in our lives? It will be expressed
in our lives as a peaceful resting in God,
which means a total oneness with Him. And
this oneness will make us not only blameless
in His sight, but also a profound joy to Him.