Sunday, September 12, 2010
Day 20-Spiritual Confusion
Matthew 20:22 "You don't know what you are asking." Jesus said...
Chambers has us looking at three different passages of scripture today. Luke 11:5-8, Luke 11:11-13, & Luke 18:1-8
He talks about how sometimes God will not seem like a friend or a good Father. He will sometimes seem like a callous judge who does not hear or care when we are hurting. I understand this. There have been times in my life when thing don't make sense. I have called out, "Why, Lord? Why?" There have been times when I was sure that what I asked for was a good thing...and that what was happening around me wasn't fair. I didn't understand! Why wasn't God there for me? Even now I can still feel the pain of certain events in my life.
I really loved the study today. It was so applicable to me. I loved Chambers' reminders to hold on in faith and to trust that God has a reason for not answering us the way we want him to. Some day...it will all make sense, but perhaps not in this lifetime.
Some quotes from Chambers today:
You will think He is an unkind friend, but remember He is not; the time will come when everything will be explained.There is a cloud on the friendship of the heart,and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller communion. When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang on in confidence in Him?
If there is a shadow on the face of the Father just now, hang onto it that He will ultimately give His clear revealing and justify Himself in all that He permitted.
Will He find the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger things at stake than the particular things you ask.
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