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Faith

31 Oct

“Your earlier life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that had as much of sense of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew His conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to Him now than you were in your days of delight and thrilling testimony. 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 unsylabled isolation.” (Oswald Chambers, October 31st)

Encouragement for those finding themselves in spells of unsylabled isolation. Encouragement for me.

 

Day 23 – feeling a bit defeated

14 Sep

I’m exhausted today and have been sitting here staring at the ‘add new post’ page on my computer screen for what feels like hours (but has probably more like ten minutes) and haven’t the slightest idea what to write about today. Seriously, I got nothing. It was bound to happen eventually in this 30-day challenge and even up to this point some of my posts have been a stretch to say the least. I’m not going to lie, I sit here feeling a little bit defeated.

But I feel guilty just leaving the post at that… it would almost be like cheating. So I’m going to share Max Lucado’s mini daily devo from today (I’m sure he won’t mind), called ‘Why Did He Do It?”.

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.”  Isaiah 53:4 NIV

Why did Jesus live on earth as long as he did? Why not step into our world just long enough to die for our sins and then leave? Why not a sinless year or week?  Why did He have to live a life? To take on our sins is one thing, but to take on our sunburns, our sore throats? To experience death, yes – but to put up with life? To put up with long roads, long days, and short tempers? Why did He do it?

Because he wants you to trust Him.