Prep for Tough Stuff

I was reading this as my morning devotional, and i thought it would be nice to share with everyone:

C.S. Lewis once observed: “We want, in fact, not so much a Father in  Heaven as a grandfather in heaven-a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves.'”  But our lifelong journey consists of some very serious stuff (and) tough moral and spiritual choices.

Lewis writes, ” If God is love, he is by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though he has often rebuked us and condemned us, he has never regarded us with contempt.  He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”

That is quite a statement! God pays us an intolerable compliment-loving us, yet in the deep , tragic context of the human condition. “To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are,” writes lewis, ” is to ask that God should cease to be God.”

Instead of staying as we are, we ultimately find fulfillment and what wer were made for-as we respond to God’s initiatives. That may require some tough adjustments, but that is the way to experience both love and happiness.

Taken from: “The One Year Book of Encouragement” by Harold Myra

Hebrews 10:36 “Patient endurance is what you need now; so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”

This coming year may we pray: “Thy will be done instead of my will be done.”

Pastor Greg T.

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