Faith in trials

I love when a book is so good that long after finishing it, quotes from it actually stay with me and come to mind at just the right time.  I’m pretty sure the contentment book (as I like to call it) is one of those books.  Jeremiah Burroughs had an amazing way of writing with word pictures that bring understanding and help with remembrance.  One such quote/word picture that frequently comes to mind when I’m walking through a trial and things around me don’t seem to make sense is:

“Therefore, when reason can go no higher, let faith get on the shoulders of reason and say, ‘I see land though reason cannot see it, I see good that will come out of all this evil.'”

I frequently envision faith jumping on the “shoulders of reason” and pointing the way to the goodness in sight.  If you’re going through a trial that you can’t seem to reason through have faith that “good will come out of all this evil,” that the Lord will use it to bring Himself glory and to encourage and sanctify you and those around you.

Romans 8: 26-28  “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”


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