…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