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Read Psalm 62:5
Henri Nouwen called solitude..."the furnace of transformation." This doesn't refer to mere personal privacy for a 12-second pit stop where we get a quick fix to re-enter the race.
It's more than that.
It's an oasis of the soul where we see ourselves, others, and especially our God in new ways. It's where much of the "clutter" of life is identified and exterminated, thanks to the merciless heat of the "furnace."
Soul surgery transpires as serenity replaces anxiety.
In solitude, struggles occur that no one else knows about. Inner battles are fought here that seldom become fodder for sermons or illustrations for books. God, who probes our deepest thoughts during protracted segments of solitude, opens our eyes to things that need attention. It is here He makes us aware of those things we try to hide from others.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Despite knowing in my heart God is sovereign, I battled with stress every day. Not hearing back from potential employers felt unbearable and I was consumed with helplessness and worry.
To “train up a child in the way he should go” refers to bringing up a child according to their natural bents, interests, and inclinations. It is not meant as a guarantee that if you expose children to the Gospel they will embrace it and never turn away from it.
Where does understanding justice begin? The term “justice” begins with God. Justice is rooted in the character of God and is not an outside principle to which He must conform. “He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair.
Look up to the sky. Who calls snow to the ground, conducts thunder and lightning in a brilliant orchestra? Whose hands place the stars and raise the sun? The God of heaven and earth! His ear knows the song of every sparrow, the hum of every bee. His eye misses nothing.