I would like to share a quote with you by John H. Leith. John is a brother whose book is titled appropriately by its contents, “Creeds of the Churches.” This quote comes from his preface an serves well as a reminder of our obligation to God to prove all things and to hold fast to that which is good.
“. . . the nature of man is an intelligent being. Just because of intelligence the Christian, of all men, has to learn to discern with agonizing clarity what is conceivable by him about God Himself. What cannot be thought through critically and expressed with reasonable clarity cannot demand the allegiance of man’s whole being. Understanding is necessary for man’s full commitment. Hence faith must be spoken and made intelligible. That is not to say faith must be enclosed within the limits of reason, but it does mean that faith must…
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I occasionally disagree with some of the stuff Elizabeth Prata writes, but 98% of the time, she hits the nail on the head. The following post is one of those that I feel is very much worth sharing.
My husband and I just sold our home and are supposed to be closing on it by the end of April; if the good Lord is willing and the appraisal comes through for us on Monday. We are going to be renting until September and then the plan is to move to Arizona. But we will be leaving behind my oldest son, his wife, and our first grandchild. Our youngest son is attempting to enlist in the Air Force and if he’s successful, which looks to be the case, then he will be going to basic training in a few short months. I have major reservations about that, especially considering the state the world is in. But that’s another whole story.
I do look forward to the warmer weather that Arizona offers over Alaska’s long, dark, cold winters, but I feel like that when we leave Alaska we will be entering a totally different country. We may be somewhat isolated up here from the rest of the U.S., but there is also a sense of security, if you will. Perhaps it’s just a false sense of security to believe we are more insulated from all the troubles (crime, natural disasters, etc) that the lower 48 seems to be experiencing on a regular basis these days, but it does seem like we have less of it up here. I know anything can happen anywhere, and that I have to trust God to keep us safe wherever we land. And I do.
It’s just a matter of figuring out what He wants us to do – where He wants us to be. Of course, my husband is not a believer so he is not considering God’s will. He’s relying on himself to make an informed decision. I know I have to pray that he will make the right one.
Truthfully, I’m getting to the point where I don’t care where we end up – here or Arizona. I don’t feel like either is going to satisfy this longing in me for a better place, a better home. I don’t feel like I belong anywhere. No place is perfect. Evil abounds everywhere, and it is becoming more prevalent everywhere, even here in Alaska.
I know I will not be satisfied or feel at home anywhere in this world anymore. There is a longing in my soul for a far better country, where peace flows like a river – where I can rest in the arms of Jesus and never again feel sorrow, pain, or fear.
No, this world is not my home…and it hasn’t been for sometime now.
Far too often I find myself “rationalizing” away the things that I ought to do for the furtherance of the Kingdom, but don’t for one feeble reason or another. Every alleged follower of Christ needs to read this…and take action.
Christianity’s most common and subtle sin is … rationalization.
‘Rationalization’ is defined as: an attempt to explain or justify (one’s own or another’s behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate (Wikipedia).
Essentially, rationalizing is a way of making excuses.
Ever since Adam tried to blame Eve (Gen. 3:12), Moses tried to downplay his ability to lead God’s people out of Israel (Exodus 3), Aaron tried to deflect blame for the Golden Calf onto others (Exodus 32:22), Gideon’s self-deprecation (Judges 6), and Jeremiah’s excuse of being too young (Jer. 1:6), people have rationalized their rebellion to God.
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