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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Lynn has wonderfully mapped out the steps we all need to walk through to develop and grow this vital relationship with Him. This was the Lord’s intent for her transformation journey all along, and His intent for you too. Here she has spelled out the spiritual truths behind the principles and talked us through how she applied them. These truths are universally applicable to us all, though as the details of our lives, situations and hearts will be different, we will apply them differently. - Reader Review from Barnes & Noble.