Saturday, September 7, 2019

How Much Can You Lose?

 I am remembering now a phrase:
"How much can you lose without losing your faith in God?"
The reference is to the story of Micah. (Judges 18.24)
"And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest
... and what have I more?"

We live surrounded by an infinite world of things trivial:
What is left when all that surrounds us is taken away?
     How much of what we are is external?
          How much of who we are, is external?

There is a beautiful verse in Isaiah 26.3.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."
     Perfect peace is beyond the reach of the world around,
          it can never be found in any of the things about us.
               It is not built upon anything visible.
                    It doesn't depend upon things which are tangible.
                         It is beyond all earthly things.
 "There is a place of quiet rest, 
           near to the heart of God."
                It is to this place that God invites us.
                This is the place which He has prepared for us.
All the work of the enemy is to get us to believe to the contrary,
     to separate us from the Source of Life.
          to separate us from the rest and the security of that place prepared.
The apostle Paul lived, "as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."
       Our God is the same God, 
          His promises are certain to us also.
               Let us find, and let us live this Life.