Some days seem they will never end, and some go by too quickly. Our own troubles could reach the sky if we were to name them one by one, and we can most certainly bring these before the Father. Yet, something more promising, more reassuring and pleasant are the cries of God’s people on behalf of each other.
I say this with the utmost honesty and vulnerability: as I consider the death of my earthly father my heart is forever thankful for the sovereign plan of my Creator, even in this.
If we are not allowing the Gospel to change us but expecting it to change everyone else, then the world will see that kind of message as exactly what it is: a myth that’s not worth giving their lives to. Until we begin to own our faith for ourselves and start to live as though sin actually is bad, Christ actually has rescued us, and the Gospel actually does save, then the church will not flourish and we are wasting our time.
The Christian life is one of balance and the process of living in this balance brings tension. Living in constant tension is tiring and in a desire to bring release we can find ourselves tipping the scales in favor of one emphasis over the other. I suspect that this is the cause of much of our debate and disunity in the body of Christ, and I think we would be better served by acknowledging and being satisfied with the tension rather than seeking to relieve it.
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” – Isaiah 30:15 “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but […]