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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Disappointment with God

An author that makes me think is Philip Yancey. I trust the following quotes from his book, Disappointment with God, will make you think about our Savior!

God holds back; He hides Himself; He weeps. Why? Because He disires what power can never win. He is a king who wants not subservience, but love. p. 123

Christ presented Himself only to people who already believed in Him. So far as we know, not a single unbeliever saw Jesus after His death. p. 131

Today the major events in Jesus' life are marked on calendars around the world-Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. Of the three, however, only the middle one, the Crucifixion, took place in the open for all the world to see. p. 132

He seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to His creatures. He commands us to do slowly and blunderingly what He could do perfectly and in the twinkling of an eye.
Creation seems to be delegation through and through. I suppose this is because He is a giver. p. 153

In an act of delegation beyond fathom, Jesus turned over the kingdom of God to the likes of His disciples-and to us.
Delegation always entails risk, as any employer soon learns. When you turn over a job, you let go. p. 154

Human beings do the work of God on earth. Or, to be strictly accurate, God does His work through us-the tension comes into play as soon as you try to phrase it. "Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not," said Augustine. p. 155

True faith does not so much attempt to manipulate God to do our will as it does to position us to do His will. p. 271

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