July 13

“God… calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17

Be willing to live by believing and neither think nor desire to live in any other way. Be willing to see every outward light extinguished, to see the eclipse of every star in the blue heavens, leaving nothing but darkness and perils around, if God will only leave in thy soul the inner radiance, the pure bright lamp which faith has kindled.~Thomas C. Upham

(Streams in the Desert)

Faith is an adventure of intimacy. Doctrine and dogma are beneficial for the believer, even necessary, but confidence in Providence comes from relationship. Faith, by definition, cuts against the grain of logic, which means the life of faith will always remain slightly out of step with a world dominated and characterized by reasonable expectation. Deep diving into dependence will even come across as queer to many in Christian circles, especially among those more attracted to Christian culture than to Christ. Faith is unnecessary for those who interpret ease as divine leadership. Beware the popular theology of the “open door” that equates God’s will with the easy way out. Know Him, and act accordingly, regardless of all evidence to the contrary. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him; but I will maintain my own ways before Him” (Job 13:15).

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