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Morning: “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26
I have been Spurgeon’s Little-faith, at times, when I take a man-centered (read: me-centered) view of my life, and my walk in Christ. When I’m leaning on my own understanding, walking in my own strength, or even shamefully doing what’s right in my own eyes, my faith is a tiny, puny thing. There is no rest in that kind of place. It reminds me of a recent dinner in Nairobi: I had stood up from the table to distribute some food around a large group of about a dozen people, and when I found my seat again, it felt strangely cramped and uncomfortable – one of my travelling companions had replaced my chair with a high-chair. That’s not the kind of rest that Christ asks us to enter into, and neither does He desire for us the kind of rest which we get when relying on ourselves, our own expectations, our own discernment.
But God in His awesome goodness doesn’t leave us in that uncomfortable place – He draws us with His word, bringing comfort and rest, while He is changing us from glory to glory by the might of His resurrection power, by His Holy Spirit [Phil 3:21, 2Cor 3:18, Eph 1:19-20].
I begin to realize with joy: it is not my faith in God, but rather, it is my faith in GOD!
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2Ti 2:13
If we limit our relation with God to be that which comes by our own strivings for faith, fettered by our intellect, and confounded by our doubts, we will have very little rest in deed.
Let us take His yoke upon us joyfully, and enter into the rest of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, surrendering our intellect, our volition, our wills to Him, and taste of His glorious rest.
Evening: “As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you.” – John 15:9
As if the promise of His glorious rest were not enough, He woos us to enter in. He woos us with His love:
His is a love which passeth knowledge. Ah! we have indeed an immutable Saviour, a precious Saviour, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves Him!