The Key to Patience, to Avoiding Worry and Anger
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Devotional Thought of the day:
3 Trust in the LORD and do good; live in the land and be safe. 4 Seek your happiness in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desire. 5 Give yourself to the LORD; trust in him, and he will help you; 6 he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. 7 Be patient and wait for the LORD to act; don’t be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans. 8 Don’t give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble. Psalm 37:3-8 (TEV)
The view of Scripture developed by modern conservatives differs from the view held by the Reformers. The Reformers did not seek to prove Scripture. They simply spoke out of a scriptural worldview. For them, the story of God did not need to be proven; it simply needed to be proclaimed. People were to live in the story that Scripture authoritatively delivered by the hand of God, even though the story was seen somewhat statically, as opposed to the ancient dynamic view.
Webber’s point about modern Biblical conservatives needs to be considered, to be thought through. As a fairly conservative pastor, I’ve been trained to see the Logos as logical, reasonable, and therefore it made sense that we would present that logic for others to see.
Do this, and this happens, dot that and deal with the consequences. Viewing the covenantal relationship as a contract, a give and take, a scratch my back and I will scratch yours type agreement with God. So line up the benefits and promises, and consider the cost, and accept it, because it is logical.
If we take scripture from that position, we make it subservient to our mind, our ability to reason. If we do the same thing with Jesus, (we tend to get the logos and the Logos confused) we will make God our servant, not our Master who cares for us. The relationship moves from a true partnership (koinonia) and participation to something that is far less, and Christianity becomes a simple bartering transaction.
That isn’t what it is about, we don’t become patient, we can’t surrender our anger or anxiety in that kind of system. Those things run to deep within out heart and our soul. It isn’t like going to the dentist every six months for a cleanup, (even if we go every week) The ability to turn over to God that which we are impatient about, that which causes us to respond in anger, those worries that keep us awake at night only comes as we trust Him, as we depend upon Him, as we have faith that He is here, as He reveals Himself to us.
This is a life together with God, it is our story and his intertwined in a way that we can’t figure out where one begins and the other ends. And the impact on our lives, as significant as it is, is nothing compared to the glory of the moments we are aware of His presence.
Don’t defend scripture, it doesn’t need you to, it stands on its own pretty well over the centuries. Don’t defend Jesus either, he didn’t want any defense when he went to the cross. Live with Him, remind and invite others to do so as well.
Webber, Robert E. The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006. Print. Ancient-Future Series.
I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God’s saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.
Posted on June 14, 2017, in Ancient Future, Devotions and tagged Authority of scripture, conservative theologians, Divine Embrace, intimacy with God, Life in Christ, practicing the presence of God, proving scripture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.