(C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce)
Charles W. Colson, The Good Life
“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
(C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters)
We live in a time when it might look like “every trace of Him seems to have vanished.” And yet, the triumphant cry of believers is that God is STILL on His throne and STILL working all things together for our good and for His glory – therefore we joyfully obey!
The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker—the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. (John Newton, 1778)
Sounds like it could have been written today. Praise God for the remnant.
Faith strips away the veil from the Christian’s eyes so he can see sin in its nakedness before satan disguises it with flattering costumes. Faith enables the soul to recognize not only the nature of sin void of all true pleasure, but also the temporal quality of its frivolous elation. Faith persuades us not to give up God’s sure mercies for satan’s transient thrills.
There is a lot to ponder in these sentences that help us to understand the practical side of what faith is. Too often we think that faith is belief without substance. Gurnall helps us to understand that our faith is to be exercised with every choice that we make.
“Grace will bless you with deeper comforts than you’ve ever known before, but it won’t let you be comfortable. God’s goal isn’t that you’d be comfortable, but that you’d be transformed.”
We are very much creatures of comfort. What do you need to do today to move out of your comfort zone? What risk do you need to take knowing that the Lord has been very gracious to you and desires that you live a transformed life not a conformed life?
Watch carefully over thy heart, O Christian; and whenever thou perceivest thyself to be falling into a spiritual slumber, say to it, as Christ to his disciples, “Arise (my soul) why sleepest thou?”
What answer would you give to the question, “what are the causes of a spiritual slumber?” Here are a few that come to my mind: boredom, entanglement in sin, neglect of fellowship with believers, avoiding the voice of God – whether it be reading Scripture of preaching. If you find yourself in a spiritual slumber take some time to figure out why this might be true and then resolve to WAKE UP!