MLJ Monday | Faith is a Refusal to Panic


Artwork by Peter Voth

The following quote from Lloyd-Jones is a timely word of counsel as we walk through a global pandemic. In faith, may we cling to the God who loves us.

So, how does one put faith into operation? The first thing you must do when you find yourself in a difficult position is to refuse to allow yourself to be controlled by the situation… Faith is a refusal to panic. That is the very nature of faith– it is a refusal to panic, come what may.  
…The foundation stone of faith is Truth – God’s Word – Scripture.  Faith reasons, “All right, I see the waves and the billows… but…” and then you remind yourself of ultimate reality– “truth”– God is God, and He is in charge.  To reiterate, one of the most critical steps you can take when faced with a difficult situation, is to immediately reject the temptation and refuse to consider it, and then affirm what you know to be  the truth, including the acknowledgment of your own weakness. Faith agrees with everything God says about reality- and that includes the need for you to be utterly dependent upon Him.  Here is an example of what to say:

God, all things seem to be against me to “drive me to despair.” I don’t understand what is happening, but this I know– I know that You so loved me that You sent Your only begotten Son into this world for me.  You did that for me while I was an enemy, a rebellious alien.  I know that Jesus loves me and gave Himself for me.  I know that at the cost of His life’s blood I have salvation and that I am now Your child and an heir to everlasting joy and peace. I know that.

From Chapter 1 of Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure. 

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