|“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’” –Billy Graham
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
There are times when God appears to act contrary to His own nature. By way of example, God tells Abraham to kill Isaac, thereby breaking one of God’s own Laws. In Egypt God blessed the midwives because they deceived Pharaoh. In the Law God says that He brings leprosy into people’s homes.369 God told His prophet Samuel to deceive King Saul when anointing one of the sons of Jesse by saying he went up to offer a sacrifice.370
God tells us two things about Himself: He is Truth,371 and He cannot deny Himself.372 Because He is Truth He is secure in who He is and what He does. We search for truth, and when we find it we see it as though, “in a mirror dimly.”373 Thus we have a higher degree of need to be right than does God. All God does is by definition right, just, and good, while we who love the Lord seek righteousness, justice, and goodness. Our most mature and biblically derived understanding of God and His ways will be partial and prone to error.
You must absorb this into the very fabric of your being as you read Scripture, resisting the temptation to manipulate God’s Word so that it conforms to your understanding of truth. The Bible does not call upon you to be accurate and consistent, but honest. Do not become preoccupied with truth at the expense of integrity. When you manage the text, making it say something different from what the words suggest, in order to make it conform to your understanding of truth, you manifest a heart of unbelief.
369 cf. Leviticus 14:34
Isaiah 50-52 1 Thessalonians 5 (New King James Version)
1 Thessalonians 5
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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