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Thought for the Day by Chris Dalton (Member of BH)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
This is part of the view from my bedroom window – it’s easy to spot BH tower and the sea in the distance. If I’m sitting in my armchair in the living room, I can’t see any of it. It doesn’t occur to me, ever, to think that because I can’t see the English Channel it’s no longer there. I don’t imagine for a second that because I can’t see it somehow it no longer exists.
My bedroom window has a great view and having seen it once I don’t doubt that the sea is there even on a foggy morning. On a hot day I may go down and dip my foot in it or even swim in it and then I actually feel how real it is [and how cold!] Whether I feel it or see it or not doesn’t change the fact that it’s there.
Similarly, if I were to say to you [and almost anyone else on the planet] on a cold, wintry, cloudy day that the sun was a figment of someone’s imagination and if it did exist it certainly wasn’t bright or hot or powerful then I think you’d say I was daft! I’d have to agree😊. The light from the sun, which I was doubting, is the only reason I would be able to see the clouds which obscured it.
Strangely, we don’t often follow this thinking through when it comes to God. God doesn’t always answer our prayers as soon as we’d like or even in the way that we’d like. Some days are difficult or just plain horrible and we wonder if God is there or if He is how could He be a loving, powerful God. If we want to know the reality of God, we go back to that day in world history when His Beloved Son was skewered to a wooden cross because “God so loved...” and we rejoice that God IS love and He never changes whatever the weather, whatever our view. He is the reason we exist and we exist for Him and can confidently put our hope in Him Who raised Jesus from the dead and gives us forgiveness, His Holy Spirit and eternal life.
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