Showing posts from May, 2020

Easy Confidence or Strength in Weakness?

Today I am looking at the subject of faith counter-intuitively, by asking probing questions about human weakness. Some of them are crucial questions, though we may all have different perspectives and vantage points. It is said fear is the opposite of faith. This has the ring of truth. Fear is certainly a common human trait. One of the most often repeated phrases in the Bible is, "Do not be afraid." We can tend to see these as a rebuke rather than the encouragement intended. Let us say we have someone who struggles with anxiety issues. Yet, in desperation they seek God’s face in the turmoil. Now let us say there is one who has few fears and is a relatively confident person. They are therefore unmoved by most things. If Scripture says God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) which person is exercising more faith? Two men are on a battlefield. One faces the ordeal with confidence, moving toward the enemy. Another is inwardly full of terror, yet in

Nights Choked With Fear

If you struggle with anxiety, you know panic attacks can come at any time. They are difficult to cope with. They seem, during the moment, to be impervious to logic and encouragement. Anxiety disorders, panic, or emotional trauma appear to have a mind of their own. There are no light and easy answers to them.      Turmoil can build at the end of the day, especially when the future is a vulnerable unknown. The day’s trials and distractions are done. Evening draws to a close. A cloud descends and visits the heart with heavy pressure. Its clutch on us is palpably present and it does not want to let go. Whether emotional trouble or a particular disorder, torments of fear have a way of coloring our view of the world. Whatever the actuality of circumstance, things seem changed. What is bad is terribly worse, what was fine is now horrible. It is helpful to know God is not only the same yesterday, today, and forever (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). He is the same morning, noon,

The Power of the Universe

Much Repeated Phrase One phrase we hear often today is “the power of the universe”. It is the declared hope of many, regarded as the energy behind what influences life. It is a new age influenced idea, a substitute for a personal God. Does it answer the deepest longings and needs we have?  Our hearts long for transcendence, meaning, and hope over the pain of human circumstance. We yearn for significance. We want to know we matter. How transcendent is “the power of the universe”? How can a supposed energy give us any true meaning as individual personalities? Not only does this view have truth flaws, it is an inadequate answer. The Universe The universe is vast. It is beyond what we can comprehend. We can therefore say it is big, certainly bigger than us. Yet, the universe is only part of the vastness of space. Science tells us it is immense. What kind of power created this? A lesser thing cannot create something greater than itself. In addition, since we are personal creatures, with emo