Thursday, 11 February 2010

Difficulties are just things to overcome

We shall overcome.

Most people say that their big encounters with God happened because they thought their whole life was on a detour. They were in the wrong job. They were in the wrong city. They were in the wrong relationship — a lot of us feel like we’re in the wrong body because we are not supposed to have a body that looks like this. You know, in other words there’s something wrong with our whole life. There’s an irony for the narrator of Exodus to say Moses was on "a detour." How could one of the epochal meetings in the history of human race between a human being and God — how could that be a detour? But over and over again, God meets us in the wilderness. He meets us in the desert. When we think our life is on a detour, it’s really spiritual main street. When we think everything is going wrong, it’s going wrong because it forces us to think in ways we wouldn’t have thought otherwise. It forces us to seek in ways we wouldn’t have sought otherwise. When things aren’t going according to your plan, when you think you’re on a back road, it’s main street spiritually. Tim Keller

Romans 5:1-5
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

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