WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WITH REVEREND MOTHER
Written by Keith on February 12, 2018
To wait on God is to struggle and sometimes to fail.
Sometimes the failures teach us more than the successes.
For the failures teach us that to wait on God is not only to wait for his mercy,
But to wait BY his mercy… The glory hidden in our failures is the discovery
That the very thing we wait for is what we wait by.
The success of our waiting lies not in who we are, but in who God is.
It is not our strength that will pull us through to the end, it is God’s
Amazing grace and mercy.
The most portentous fact about any person is not what he at a given time may say or do,
But what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like…
A right conception of God is basic to practical Christian living.
There is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics
That cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about Gods.
It was Jesus himself who reminded us that we were to call him father “Abba Father”
Which is a lot more like calling him dad. I think Jesus was telling us that our father is
The one in the stands who is standing on the seat, waving his coat in a circle over his head,
With tears of pride and happiness running down his face.
You can read about him in the creeds and in books of theology,
Or you can get to know God by becoming involved with him,
By arguing with him like Job, by wrestling with him like Job, by wrestling with him
Like Jacob, by praying to him Daniel, and by living with him in the desert for forty years like Israel.
You can learn about God with your mind or through your experience. God prefers the latter.
He wants us to know him exponentially, to engage him with our whole lives.