The Purpose Driven Life Quotes by Rick Warren(page 18 of 20)
But — as skeptics are quick to point out — that only gets you so far. Ultimately, we all get to a place when we realize our reason, senses, and intuition have no answer. What then? However, it seems to me that there is an even earlier choice we must face. When the evidence falls short, do we say:. This is not an easy question, and there is no simple answer. Logically, it is entirely possible that God is a fraud, and that the universe is absurd.
July 15, by woundedlily. When God seems distant to us, when we feel out of touch. In reading this section I was reminded that we should live by faith and not be feelings. God has not moved, but He does want us to seek His face during this time. Now most of us, especially women, have a built in intuitive of situations so when we sense that our relationship with God seems out of whack, we automatically hit the negative part of our feelings and we try to find fault within ourselves. Think of Job. Here was a godly man who lost everything and even his wife told him to curse God and die.
Title Slide of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 14, When God Seems Distant.
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Thought for the Day….
It is always easy to be worshipful when life is good, but when times are tough am I able to worship God? It is in the times of trouble that real relationships are forged. God may feel distant, even if I am a close friend of His. Many of the Psalms he wrote beg God to make His presence felt. Warren ascribes this to God testing us. God will often withdraw His presence from us to test us and to see if we will remain faithful even when we cannot feel Him. Warren points out that though we may feel that it is our sin that is making us feel this way, that is rarely so.
Feelings, especially good ones, are an enjoyable human experience. God has promised that He will always be with His children, and He is by the indwelling Holy Spirit; but, He never promised His children would feel His presence. A prime example of this is found in the experience of Job. Be brutally frank with Him. He is capable of handling every emotion divulged, and much more. Hang on tenaciously steadfastly and stubbornly to the character of God.