A Living, Breathing, Active, Trusting Faith

While doing some devotional reading this morning, I came across the following thought from J.R. McDuff that I gladly share with all of you. It certainly has the potential to speak to many of you “right where you live.” Read on ~

“Keep your eye steadily fixed on the infinite grandeur of Christ’s finished work and His perfect righteousness. Look to Jesus and believe, look to Jesus and live! Nay, more; as you look to Him, hoist your sails and buffet manfully (courageously) the sea of life.

(he continues) “Dear Saint, do not remain in the haven of distrust, or ‘sleeping on your shadow’ in inactive repose, or allowing your frames and feelings to pitch and toss on one another – like vessels idly tied to the dock in a harbor. 

(he continues) “The Christian life is not a brooding over emotions, or grazing the ‘keel of faith’ in the shallows, or ‘dragging the anchor of hope’ through the oozy tide mud as if afraid of encountering the healthy breeze. Anchors aweigh(!) with your canvas spread to the gale – trusting in Him who rules the raging of the waters. 

(he concludes) “The safety of the tinted bird is to be on the wing, soaring in the heights. If its haunt be near the ground – if it fly too low – it exposes itself to the fowler’s net or snare. If we remain groveling on the low ground of feeling and emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt and despondency, temptation and unbelief. Christian, hope thou in God!”

A few verses come to mind, and have been my continuous “musing” ~

“The just shall live by faith.” (Heb. 10:38)

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…” (Heb. 11:1)

“But surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of that which hath a wing.” (Prov. 1:17; free translation)

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