New Life daily devotion - Apr. 20, 2011

Faith and Its Couterfeits
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

My mother grew up with a version of unhealthy faith.  She believed that her faith vaccinated her and her family from evil—that temptations wouldn’t likely come our way, and if they did, that we wouldn’t succumb.

When her father committed suicide it seriously shook this false presumption.  Yet somehow mom managed to maintain her belief that God owed her protection from tragedy.  But when my brother contracted AIDS and eventually died, my mother was unavoidably confronted with the fact that her faith provided no supernatural vaccination against tragedy.

Her presumptions were not just seriously shook – they were crushed.  Her faith was shaken to the core, and she slid into depression.  Thankfully, my mom recovered.  She recognized and accepted that God didn’t owe her a life free from tragedy, hardship and suffering.  But He did promise He would be with her each step of the way as she walked through her tough times.

It takes real wisdom to discern biblical faith from it counterfeits.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you can not do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

 

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