Wednesday, April 04, 2018

MacDonald: faith in God's promises

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
    —2 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)
    What should I think of my child, if I found that he limited his faith in me and hope from me to the few promises he had heard me utter! The faith that limits itself to the promises of God, seems to me to partake of the paltry character of such a faith in my child—good enough for a Pagan, but for a Christian a miserable and wretched faith. Those who rest in such a faith would feel yet more comfortable if they had God’s bond instead of His word, which they regard not as the outcome of His character but as a pledge of His honour. They try to believe in the truth of His word, but the truth of His Being they understand not. In His oath they persuade themselves that they put confidence: in himself they do not believe, for they know Him not.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Higher Faith”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 59 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 1:9; Matt. 23:37-38; John 1:11; 5:39-40,44; 8:45-46; 12:37-41; 1 Pet. 1:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the Truth eternal.
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