Thursday, July 21, 2011

[ Trusting, Though We Don't Understand ]*

"It seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him.

The moral will of God given to us in the Bible is rational and reasonable.
The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and inexplicable.

The law of God is readily recognized to be good for us, even when we don't want to obey it.
Yet the circumstances of our lives frequently appear to be dreadful and grim, or perhaps even calamitous and tragic.

Obeying God is worked out within well-defined boundaries of God's revealed will.
But trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries. We do not know the extent, the duration, or the frequency of the painful, adverse circumstances in which we must frequently trust God. We are always coping with the unknown.

Yet it is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him. When we disobey God we defy His authority and despise His holiness.
But when we fail to trust God, we doubt His sovereignty and question His goodness.
In both cases we cast aspersions upon His majesty and His character.

God views our distrust as Him as seriously as He views our disobedience."

[from Is God Really In Control? Trusting God in a World of Hurt by Jerry Bridges]

1 comment:

Sarah Burton said...

This is so perfect. I love you guys and I'm praying you have a wonderful vacation!


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