Friday, March 17, 2006

Comfort for Struggling Christians (1)

The next four posts are for those who are struggling in their Christian faith. They wonder if God has lost them, or if somehow they have gone too far where God will no longer have them. These are dark nights in the life of the believer. This post contains the lyrics of a song which I believe does a great job of expressing the situation. The next three post will be quotes by Charles Spurgeon which will explain it further and offer hope, the final one being my favorite.

Doug













The Silence of God

It's enough to drive a man crazy; it'll break a man's faith
It's enough to make him wonder if he's ever been sane
When he's bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven's only answer is the silence of God

It'll shake a man's timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God

And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they've got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
'Cause we all get lost sometimes...

There's a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold
And He's kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone
All His friends are sleeping and He's weeping all alone
And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought

So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God

-Andrew Peterson-

3 Comments:

At Saturday, March 18, 2006 4:31:00 AM, Blogger T A Blankenship said...

Doug,
It is quite comforting to know that others have that experience.
I know that when I do the only thing I can do is keep believing and trusting, and doing what I know by faith.

 
At Saturday, March 18, 2006 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous gail w said...

Hi Doug,
I agree with t a. Just keep believing, trusting and living by faith. I think it is missleading to say all our troubles are nailed to the cross. All our sins are nailed to the cross is what should be said. God told us in His word that we would have trouble. I still fear and worry and doubt. But in those times again I must keep believing, trusting and living by faith. I love these posts because I think we all need the constant reminder that we are not alone in our troubles. Because sometimes if feels as though we are.

 
At Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:10:00 PM, Blogger missmellifluous said...

A powerful song. Peterson has obviously been there. I like that he focuses us on Jesus who has experienced agony alone, so that we don't have to.

Gail w, your words are insightful. Thankyou.

 

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