I finally have something to share…

February 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s been nearly 9 months since I’ve written on my blog, and while it seems like a long time to be silent, I didn’t have anything that I thought was worth saying.  Thus, no one should be disappointed.  I have recently, however, felt more and more of a desire to write out of the things that God has been teaching me through my time in the word and seeking his wisdom.  They’re not things that are original from me, rather things that I have felt incredibly challenged by.  Thus, I want to be able to share that with others (others meaning the two of you who ever followed my blog 🙂  Although I hope I don’t fall out of posting in a week or so, I thought it was worth a shot to get back into it.  I felt chalenged by my pastor this past weekend when he said that it’s important to share with others what the Lord is teaching us.  I saw this as a perfect avenue to do that.

The following is something I read today out of J.I. Packer’s book “Knowing God”.  It’s a timeless standard that I believe every believer should read as it’s changed my perspective in ways I could never explain.  I’m just going to post the paragraph that really hit me this afternoon.  Please don’t comment on how you agree with what it’s saying and how you felt challenged by it.  I’ve already established that.  Rather, I want to know how you are going to respond to it.  As I pray through this as well, I will soon share my thoughts too.

“Where is the sense of distance and difference, then, between believers in Bible times and ourselves?  It is excluded.  On what grounds? On the grounds that God does not change.  Fellowship with him, trust in his word, living by faith, standing on the promises of God, are essentially the same realities for us today as they were for old and new testament believers.  This thought should bring comfort as we enter into the perplexities of each day: amid all the changes and uncertanties of life in a nuclear age, God and his Christ remain the same-almighty to save.

But the thought brings a searching challenge too.  If our God is the same God of New Testament believers, how can we justify ourselves resting content with an experience of communion with him, and a level of christian conduct, that falls so far below theirs? If God is the same, this is not an issue that any one of us can evade.”

From J.I. Packers, “Knowing God”. Pg. 80-81; “God Unchanging”

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