Monday, February 10, 2014

There is no way

God did not say, “Shame on you, Elijah; you have fallen too far, reproaching Me in the eyes of this heathen people. Now you’re on your own until you wake up to your sin.” Instead, the Lord said lovingly, “Elijah, what are you doing in this cave? I want you to gird yourself and get back to work.” There was no harshness in these words. God’s call to Elijah was meant to restore and redirect a man in the midst of seeming failure and deep despair.

Here is the secret of the New Covenant: It is not some sudden rush of a supernatural power in us, enabling us to resist an overwhelming temptation. Rather, it is God’s still, small voice, revealing His love to us in the midst of our failure and testing.— It Is Finished, page 167

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We're always looking for a big splash, or in the words of Steven Curtis Chapman, are we "waiting for lightning" and "listening for thunder while he quietly whispers your name?" (Complete lyrics:Waiting for Lightning.) I suspect we are; we love a big splash—that's probably why we don't often get one...
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