I’ve been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I’m in the middle of the book and I can say she writes like no other author I’ve read. And I’m still processing a lot. A couple of days ago I read a single sentence that messed me up….. in a good way.
So, I want to share it with you and let’s have a conversation.
If authentic, saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief…. Atheism.
Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism.
Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. To lack faith perhaps isn’t as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God --as fear and distrust that there is a good God. If I don’t emotionally believe, practically believe, in the goodness of God, am I a believer? Don’t the believers have to believe? Don’t the saved have to trust the Savior? For yes, salvation from sins, but this too: the salvation from fear.
My friends, such a short passage but filled up with some things to wrestle with. So what do you think? Do we more struggle as believers with trusting that God is good? Do we practice atheism when we live in fear…
and if we do... how do we move away from fear to belief. Real, life-changing belief?
Whoa… I will be back to chat with you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!