Sunday, August 29, 2010
Day 6-The testing of faith
John 11:40 "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
Can I trust God when common sense calls me to reason away my trust in Him? When He says, "It can be done," do I cry out, "Impossible?"
So many times, it just looks like things are not going to work out. That I should cry out in despair and give in to worry. When our finances look very bleak and we have three hungry little birds with their beaks wide open crying for more more more. When I hear bad news about the economy. When senseless tragedies happen. Do I trust Him or do I say that it is time for me to take matters into my own hands?
Chambers: "Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense."
And here's another gem, "Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict."
Remember this one: "The final thing is confidence in Jesus. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death."
That last quote from Chambers reminds me of my father. He really faced that last test with absolute confidence in Christ. That memory will stay with me forever. Dad believed and he saw the glory of God throughout his life...and in the end, face to face when the clouds parted, the sun broke through and he was taken home.
Photo: My father.