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Even When God Seems Distant

July 19, 2018

“Trust that leads us toward joy is rooted in truth that no one naturally believes, the truth that our supreme good is the enjoyment of God as He is, not as we might wish Him to be. Even when God seems distant, unresponsive, and indifferent to our pain, wise trust is confident that He is doing us good, the good of doing what must be done to draw self-centered, proud people closer to Himself.

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, Chapter 5, “Trembling” pg 93

Questions for Reflection:
• What is your heart’s response to the statement that “our supreme good is the enjoyment of God as He is,” and how does that belief reveal itself in your life?
• When do you most experience dissonance between God as He is and God as you wish Him to be?
• Is the way you typically approach God when you’re struggling with His seeming unresponsiveness marked by openness and honesty?
• In what ways can that tension between your desire and Who God is, coupled with authentic trust in God’s goodness, offer a unique opportunity for worship and deeper joy?

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