Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Rooted in Knowing

What do you do when your faith has been stretched to it's perceived outer limits?

How do you wrap your mind around a dead end when you have been walking down a path of obedience?

Are there Christians with superhero-like faith that never doubt and never feel crushed by the way things appear?

What does a Christian do when they are exhausted by the unexpected turns in the road and they think that just one more will push them over the proverbial edge?

What do you do when all of your questions directed to God go unanswered?

My good friend, Oswald Chambers, has this to say: "Unless we can look the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God's character, we do not yet know Him."

Psalm 73:25, 26 & 28 "Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides you, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.

Hosea 6:6 "I don't want your sacrifices, I want your love. I don't want your offerings, I want you to know Me."

It all comes back to trust which is rooted in knowing. And this "knowing" is a lifelong pursuit. When we feel that we have no strength left with which to pursue, to desire, to know Him...well, He becomes that, too. In our weakness, He is strong.

Today, I need Him to be strong.

4 comments:

Terra Jones May 27, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

Amazing quote by Oswald! Hang in there girl!

Joylene Green May 27, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

I love your questions and the quote. Glad to have some of your thoughts.

Cee May 29, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

I always love to read your posts Beth. They are so real.

Sending you warm thoughts from our chilly South Australia.

Rachel May 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

Once I was afraid to look that intently. Perhaps I was afraid that I would not find God, or that my beliefs were founded upon the stories and traditions of men, or that I would stare into the blackness, finding no God at all. But eventually I was forced to look and it was through this pain that I encountered a new place, a place of uncomfortable unknowing - the place where my preferences, ideas and prejudices ceased to matter. In that beautiful, wretched, miraculous place, true faith began. Blessings as you journey.