Friday, November 03, 2017

MacDonald: doubts

Friday, November 3, 2017
    Feast of Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
    Commemoration of Martin of Porres, Dominican Friar, 1639
    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
    —1 Thessalonians 5;21 (KJV)
    A man may be haunted with doubts, and only grow thereby in faith. Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to rouse the honest. They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood... Doubt must precede every deeper assurance; for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Voice of Job”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 241-242 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 5:21; Job 4:13-15; Isa. 40:27-28; John 20:25-29; Rom. 8:18; 1 Pet. 1:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You answer my doubts.
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