Sep 10 2014

…and still obeys

I recently read the following excerpt from the book “Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis (a book I would highly recommend), and was so moved by it, wanted to share it with you.  But first, I must set the stage…”Screwtape Letters” is a satire recording the conversations of two demons, Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, who have been given the job to prevent or destroy any influence of God in the lives of His people.  “Uncle” Screwtape is commenting to Wormwood on the “Enemy’s (God’s) intentions…

“He (God) leaves the creature (that’s you and me) to stand up on its own legs–to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish.  It is during such trough periods, much more than peak periods, that it (again, you and me) is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be.  Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him best…He cannot ‘tempt’ to virtue as we (Screwtape and Wormwood) do to vice.  He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.  Do not be deceived, Wormwood.  Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks around upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

Jesus showed His love for and obedience to the Father by going to the cross.  We will “stumble”, He never did;  but “oh, Father, that our hearts would be like His!”

“…nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.”  Luke 22:42

 

 


Sep 1 2014

Come hungry…

“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness…”  Psalm 107:9

 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once asked God to “make her pray 4 hours a day. ”  She said He spoke to her, “I don’t make the little birds eat.  When you are hungry, you will eat.”

My deepest and most fervent prayer for each one of you, and myself as well, is that God will give us an insatiable hunger for Him.  The more we “eat of His word, the knowledge of who He is, and an ever-deepening awareness of His presence” the more we will hunger for Him.  He alone completely satisfies as well as causes an increasing hunger to know Him better.  He loves us unconditionally, gives purpose and direction to our lives and will never (ever) leave us or forsake us.  To God be all glory!!


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