Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Perfect Trust

Here is some more from Chuck Swindoll quoted from a short book called Perfect Trust.

He empties himself in order to be full.
He admits he is wrong so he can be declared right.
He goes down in order to get up.
He is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, happiest when he feels the worst.
He dies so he can live.
He forsakes in order to have.
He gives away so he can keep.

God says, “Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience even if I never tell you why?” What a profound thought. God has trusted each of us with our own set of unfair circumstances and unexplained experiences to deal with. Can we still trust in Him even if He never tells us why?”

Acceptance is taking from God’s hand absolutely anything He gives, looking into His face in trust and thanksgiving, knowing that the confinement of the hedge we’re in is good and for His glory.

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

We continually encounter hardships. People disappoint us. We disappoint ourselves. But God is constant and compassionate. We are not alone. He cares. Against all reason, the transcendent God loves us so much that He has committed Himself to us.

The more impossible the situation, the greater God accomplishes His work.

Remarkably, his [Job] first response to God was the response of worship. (Job 1:20)

He worshipped. And not because he understood what was happening to him, but in spite of all that was happening to him. Not only did Job worship, he accepted what God had sent into his life. That is wisdom. That is perfect trust.

It’s the nature of the beast within us to keep going back to the familiar rather than to strap on faith and face the future.

We want the safety of yesterday even though we know it’s not where God would have us.

When a person does something, it has the man or woman look about it. It drips with humanity. You can follow the logic of it and see the meaning behind it. … And when God steps in, His working is like the difference between a skyscraper and a star.

Don’t lean on your own understanding. That means, don’t bring in the crutches and lean on them, those crutches that you have designed and made to handle such situations. Stay away from them. Don’t lean on them; lean on God.

I don’t have to explain or defend the will of God. My job is simply to obey it.

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