The Nature of Faith

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Job 13:15: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”

“Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation. Never confound the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, for much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.

Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts Him – I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do. ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…’- this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible.”

–Oswald Chambers

I’m reminded that the enemy was behind the trials of God’s servant, Job. Yet God allowed satan to test Job, warning only to spare his life. Job trusted God’s character and His divine will, though he could not understand what was happening in his life, nor why the Lord allowed it. This was true faith. The enemy is at work today, just as he was during the days of Job. But God has given us a wealth of resources to deal with the fiery darts of satan and the powers of darkness. We have His written Word, and even greater, His Living Word whose Spirit dwells within us! As the Apostle Paul wrote in the New Testament, we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us!” Romans 8:37   Praise the Lord!

Beautiful Days Of Autumn

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Beautiful Days of Autumn
~ Angela Hall Dobbins

Autumn leaves swirl ‘round in circles
O’er the beautiful, shimmering pond,
And, in the meadow, wildflowers wake
Into the misty morning dawn.

The sparrows seem to dance a ballet
‘Round the oak tree’s branching bows,
And the mockingbird sings his melody
In the time to him nature allows.

Little cottontails scamper ‘cross the meadow,
All covered in sparkling dew,
To drink from a stream of rainwater
That has freshly fallen anew.

The squirrel is gathering nuts
For the winter yet to come.
And, though it seems he’s plenty,
He’s always lacking some.

These beautiful days of autumn
The beholder will long remember,
For each reveals the Creator’s heart,
In all its wondrous splendor.

Honoring Our Veterans

veterans-daySo thankful for all the Veterans, past and present, who serve our country, it’s citizens, and all those abroad. Their commitment and sacrifice, along with those their families make each and every day, are worth more than words can convey. Thank You, Dear Lord, for all the brave men and women who have served and are serving today.

1 John 3:16: “By this we know love because He laid down His life for us.  And we also ought lay down our lives for the brethren.”