Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Newbigin: tempting God

May 5, 2009

    And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"
    -- Exodus 17:7 (NIV)

    Tempting God is the precise opposite of faith. Faith is a complete founding of the whole man upon what God has said and done, upon His self-revelation. Tempting God means trying to get more assurance than God has given.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 29 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me peace in Your assurance.

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