Saturday, September 13, 2014

His Answerless Presence

I love Beth Moore’s insights in Beloved Disciple. She considers how difficult it must have been for John the disciple when his brother James was killed. And then Peter was miraculously released from prison. Hadn’t the disciples prayed just as strongly for both men? God’s answer was quite different, and yet He remained the same.

“Sometimes we don’t realize how real He is until we’ve experienced the awesomeness of His answerless Presence. He knows that what we crave far more than explanations is the unshakable conviction that He is utterly, supremely God.” (Beth Moore)

"‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed.’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

“We are never more fulfilled than when our longing for God is met by His presence in our lives.” (Billy Graham)

“When you accept the fact sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself.” (Charles R. Swindoll)

“Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes.” (Oswald Chambers)

“That is God’s call to us—simply to be people who are content to live close to Him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced.” (Thomas Merton)

“A relationship with God does not promise supernatural deliverance from hardship but rather a supernatural use of it.” (Philip Yancey)

“Sometimes the far greater miracle is the victory He brings and the character He reveals when we don’t get what we thought we wanted.” (Beth Moore)

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

His Presence is more than enough. With or without answers. He is utterly, supremely God.

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