Monday, March 31, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Luke 5:31
Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of  physician, but those who are sick."

There is a type of suffering caused because we do not see the way out.  A man may say that the basis of things is rational -- “Get to the bottom of things, and you will find it all simple and easy of explanation” -- well, that simply is not true.  The basis of things is not rational, but tragic, and when you enter the domain of suffering and sorrow, you find that reason and logic are your guide amongst things as they are, but nothing more.  Is it rational that I should be born with a heredity over which I have no control?  Is it rational that nations that are normally Christian should be at war?  The basis of things is tragic, and the only way out is through the redemption.  Many a man in mental stress of weather is driven to utter what sounds like blasphemy, and yet he may be nearer God than in his complacent acceptance of beliefs that have never been tried.  Never be afraid of the man who seems to you to talk blasphemously; he is up against problems you may never have met with; instead of being wrathful, be patient with him.  The man to be afraid of if the one who is indifferent; what morality he has got is well within his own grasp, and Jesus Christ is of no account at all.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 90 (3/31)
From Biblical Ethics

This photograph is by Eric Jonas Swensson, vis his Sound Shore Media page on Facebook.

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