Monday, June 27, 2005

Another Passage From the Book I'm Reading...

"I have learned one absolute principle in calculating God's presence or absence, and that is that I cannot. God, invisible, sovereign, who according to the psalmist, 'does whatever pleases Him,' sets the terms of the relationship. As the theologian Karl Barth insisted so fiercely, God is free: free to reveal himself or conceal himself, to intervene or not intervene, to work within nature or outside it, to rule over the world or even to be despised and rejected by the world, to display himself or limit himself. Our own human freedom derives from a God who cherishes freedom.

I cannot control such a God. At best I can put myself in the proper frame to meet him. I can confess sin, remove hindrances, purify my life, wait expectantly, and-perhaps hardest of all- seek solitude and silence. I offer no guaranteed method to obtain God's presence, for God alone governs that. Solitude and silence merely supply the state most conducive to attending to the still, small voice of God. There is, however, a sure way to promote God's absence. C.S. Lewis sets it out clearly:

'Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you'd be safer to stick to the papers. You'll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.' "
Reaching for the Invisible God
By Philip Yancey
Hmmmm.....wonder why God feels so far away these days.......? Gotta go find me a quiet, solitary place.


Anonymous said...

Man that sounds like a kick ass book. Wonder if Doc. V has any more laying around. but in the mean time hope you find the quiet place. And I don't mean sound.

M.B. says Hi. She's looking over my shoulder right now and correcting your spelling. I gotta get out of the girls room. (oh scandal!)


Nicole said...

What do you mean, MY spelling!I'm Canadian remember. We like to do things differently, like spell our words...differently! What about YOUR spelling!

I'm assuming M.B. is Mary Beth so tell her I say hi back. Miss you guys!!

Anonymous said...

!?my spelling is perfect!?