When Comforts are Declining

When Comforts are Declining

Micah 6:6-8 “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

I once heard interviews with survivors from World War II. The soldiers recalled how they spent a particular day. One sat in a foxhole, once or twice , A German tank drove by and he shot at it. Others played cards and frittered away the time. A few got involved in furious firefights. Mostly, the day passed like any other. Later, they learned they had just participated in one of the largest, most decisive engagements of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. I didn’t feel decisive at the time because none had the big picture.

Great victories are won when ordinary people execute their assigned tasks.

When followers of Ignatius (1491-1556) endured periods of futility, he always prescribed the same cure: “In times of desolation we must never make a change, but stand firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which we were the day before the desolations.” Spiritual battles must be fought with the very weapons hardest to wield at the time: prayer, meditation, self-examination, and repentance.

Perhaps you sense you’re in spiritual rut. Stay at your assigned task! Obedience to God and only obedience, offers the way out of our futility. — Philip Yancey

When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
to cheer it after rain. –Cowper
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If you sense your faith is unraveling, go back to where you dropped the thread of obedience.

ODB Vol. 15

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