“God charges the state with the task of justice, the individual with forgiveness. When the state seeks to be merciful, oppression and injustice reign. When the individual seeks justice, relationships are broken, for all are sinners.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Reason plays a strategic role in your relationship with God. It must submit to revelation, but at the same time reason is an essential ingredient in the arsenal of a person seeking to understand revelation. A dog and an idiot cannot understand revelation simply because they do not have the capacity to reason. Reason is faith’s first line of defense. Reason has as its first task the understanding of revelation. You only violate reason when revelation requires it, either through a promise or a command.
The Berrywinkles have a daughter who is diagnosed with diabetes. They chose not to consult with a physician, feeling that they must trust God to heal the child. To visit the doctor constitutes a lack of faith. In this we see that the Berrywinkles presume on the character of God in at least two ways: God did not promise to heal the girl and Scripture does not prohibit seeing a physician.
God will never help you do what you can do for yourself. The application of reason comes first. Where you can no longer journey by reason, you continue by faith. When you argue that faith in God’s revelation overrules reason, you are correct. When you argue that faith in God’s character replaces reason, you presume to your own hurt.
2 Chronicles 1-3 John 10:1-23 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore 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.
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