Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Overwhelmed by a relentless GodI have been reading a new book [for the past 3 months] that Christina suggested to me. The subtitle knocked me off my feet: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God.

“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30

Read the entirety of chapter 8. I think you will find it overwhelming.

So far, I have managed to re-read the first two chapters three times. Not bad, yea? Well, maybe so; but this quote is sticking with us, so I’d like to share it.

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towards others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s ok to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.
Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are? I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God’s holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.

-Francis Chan, Crazy Love, page 42

Uncomfortably relevant and good to hear.

    • Mom
    • August 29th, 2010

    Hello again! I am really enjoying this blog thing! Anyway, about your most recent one… I often think of that. I was raised to believe that worry is a sin but I am also human so I know that sometimes it is very hard not to worry. Some people believe we are tested in life, (I am not sure of this) but if we are, maybe the test is not so much what we go through but how well we can turn it over to God???? Hmmm. Something to think about.

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