The Christian Religion; A Confident, Holy, Healing Walk With God.
Devotional Thought of the Day:
9 The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins. 10 But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that Day the heavens will disappear with a shrill noise, the heavenly bodies will burn up and be destroyed, and the earth with everything in it will vanish. 11 Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God, 2 Peter 3:9-11 (TEV)
26 Augustine also reminds us that we would understand the word “faith” in the Scriptures to mean confidence in God, assurance that God is gracious to us, and not merely such a knowledge of historical events as the devil also possesses.
378 Don’t be a pessimist. Don’t you realize that everything that happens or can happen is for the best? Optimism will be a necessary consequence of your faith. (2)
As I was going through my devotions this morning, there was a simplicity to the various readings I do. It’s Monday, so a review of the basics seems appropriate.
The definition of faith found in the second quote got my mind moving. Especially that word “confidence.” Augustin is correct of course, and the amateur theologian sees the Latin for faith, “fide”, buried right in the middle. To live life, not just believing in God, but having a relationship so deep, so nurtured by Him, that we trust Him. To have faith means, we have confidence in His working in every part of our life.
That can only come from knowing God’s desire is not to condemn mankind, but to show us love, to cleanse and heal us from brokenness, to set us apart for a relationship with Him. We trust Him do what He has promised! We know His heart and desire is to save us, to have us dwell in His peace. We know His beauty,we know that He loves us, you and I. Put you nickname there, God loves me.
That is why reading scripture is so essential in my life. Not because pastors and holy folk have to do it but to hear more of God’s heart toward us, to grow in our trust of God. To know that He makes all things, even pain and suffering, work for good because we love Him, we trust our God and our Heavenly Father.
That is why St Josemaria (and Luther for that matter) could speak of living confidently, even though he knew physical pain, and suffered in many ways. (his biography is fascinating!) Even though he ministered in the midst of war and famine, in spite of adversity. Luther as well knew these things, as did those who accompanied him. They, like so many who had and have confidence in God’s love for them, endured and even looked at life optimistically while they endured.
They knew the promise of Romans 8 well, that all things would work out as a blessing, that nothing could separate you from God’s love in Christ Jesus. Not because of intellectually understanding anything, but because they knew God, knew His constant and continual presence, knew the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit, which is unlike anything in the world…..
They had confidence in God. Knew He would fulfil every promise…from saving us from sin to dying on Cross, to rising from the dead to uniting to us in that journey.
That makes an eternity of difference and affects our lives each day.
Trust in Him, have confidence in His love and greet everything in His life, as an incredible blessing!
(1) Tappert, T. G. (Ed.). (1959). The Book of Concord the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (p. 45). Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press.
(2) Escriva, Josemaria (2010-11-02). The Way (Kindle Locations 960-961). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Posted on May 11, 2015, in Augsburg and Trent, Devotions, Poiema, The Way and tagged Abiding in Christ, anxiety, apostolate, Augsburg Confession, COnfidence, Martin Luther, missional life, Optimism, St. Josemaria Escriva. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.