25. October 2011 08:29
"Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven."
How often have we heard that line of the Lord's Prayer and said, "Yes, God! YOUR will be done. Not mine." And yet 10 minutes later we're griping because we're stuck in traffic because some old lady 10 cars up had the nerve to run over a nail and have a flat tire; and it doesn't even look like she knows where her spare is! Or perhaps it's more like a deadline we know is coming up, or a project we know needs to be completed, and even though we've had a month or more to really plan, set, and achieve the steps necessary to create an excellent end result, we somehow come to the hands, throw up our hands to God, and say "Your will be done! It's out of my hands; I did my best." Reeeeealy?
I was listening to end of the Sunday podcast of the Daily Audio Bible this morning and Brian's words caught me. Here's some of what he said (you can read more here):
We find ourselves in some sort of trial or hardship. We then go to the Lord in an ... [More]
11. October 2011 22:13
Last week I was able to get an advance copy of John Eldredge's new book, Beautiful Outlaw. They'd of course love for me to write a review as the book comes out this week, and I am doing so... even though I haven't finished the book yet. I actually had this whole thing written up and then clicked "close" instead of "save" so round 2 will probably be a bit shorter.
I remember when I was back in college that we read the book Knowing God by J.I. Packer. This was an amazingly well written book about the attributes of God, and I found myself feeling like I was really coming to know Him as I learned more about him. I truly did come to know God better during that period, but I don't think it was just the facts that did it. Being surrounded by believers and truth at a small town Christian college will do wonders for your image of God; the only thing... it comes to an end after a few years, and if all you gained was facts about God, you're going to be in a world of hurt when real li... [More]