Monday, March 19, 2007

Tried & Tested Faith

We made our to-do list for all the things that need to happen before we leave. It is a 28 items list that we *might* be able to finish by noon on Friday. Today I am packing the kids. Phoebe does not have a passport yet. She'll be staying with friends in Port. Isaac is very concerned that she may never forgive us for going away for a fun week without her.

Troy's been reading reviews on the place we're staying. It sounds wonderful. It is on a Robert Trent Jones golf course, has multiple swimming pools and kids activities. After living here, we're reading some of the reviews and thinking that westerners are mainly incredibly spoiled and somewhat ridiculous. One reviewer could not let go of the fact that there was a spider in her room. Another was mad that there were bugs at the beach. HELLO???? What in the world? We are infinitely more patient, mellow and accepting of all things annoying and sloooow after living here. It would take A LOT for us to complain about anything. Troy killed a cockroach the size of my forearm last night and thought nothing of it.

We won't be reviewing the bugs at the beach in our evaluation of the resort.

Yesterday we were talking about our current view of God. Specifically about this post. Both Troy and I have been guilty of having a low view of God. There has been internal struggle over not knowing exactly what the future holds. We've both wasted far too much time the last month worrying about things that may never come to pass --but more than that, things that are not too big for God to solve and/or help us deal with if they cannot be "solved" in our way.

This morning in our e-mail, we read this...


"He went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8

In the Old Testament, personal relationship with God showed itself in separation, and this is symbolized in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and from his kith and kin.

Today the separation is more of a mental and moral separation from the way that those who are dearest to us look at things, that is, if they have not a personal relationship with God. Jesus Christ emphasized this (see Luke 14:26).

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading. It is a life of Faith, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go." The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success.

The final stage in the life of faith is attainment of character. There are many passing transfigurations of character; when we pray we feel the blessing of God enwrapping us and for the time being we are changed, then we get back to the ordinary days and ways and the glory vanishes.

The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting. It is not a question of sanctification; but of something infinitely further on than sanctification, of faith that has been tried and proved and has stood the test. Abraham is not a type of sanctification, but a type of the life of faith, a tried faith built on a real God.

"Abraham believed God."


We pray that OUR faith will be tried and proven and will stand the test.

Have a great week.
T& T