The Thought of God

I recently started reading The Thought of God, which has been on my list of books to read for a couple of years now. It’s a collection of articles by Maurice Roberts which were published as editorials in The Banner of Truth magazine. Based on the first few chapters/articles, I’ll be writing a number of posts on what I glean from this book.

For example, in the first article, The Thought of God, after stating that our first thought in times of trial and difficulty should be of God, Roberts says:

There is a difference, alas, between things as they are and things as we perceive them. Our perceptions of God suffer more than our perceptions of natural things because we are depraved and do not make it our life’s work daily to enrich our idea of God from the fountainhead of Scripture. It is our folly that we allow ourselves to look at life’s problems as if they were somehow isolated from God. As soon as we see our problems in the light of God’s being and perfection, we are emancipated from alarm and terror.

and later,

There is no situation in life too hard for God. But many situations look too hard at first sight. These are ordained to give us room to wait on God for his deliverance. There is a blessing attached to waiting patiently on God in evil days. The impatient urge to resign and run away when times are trying is unworthy of the sons of God. There is a better way. Let us remember God and take fresh courage. He who believes shall not make haste and, conversely, they shall not be ashamed who wait for God [Isa. 28:16; 49:23].

I have always been amazed at the remarkable transformation of thought evident in so many of David’s Psalms – he goes from near despair or great frustration to praising God for His faithfulness in the space of a few verses. Often a single verse shows us the journey:

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD! Ps. 27:13-14 NKJV

I’m pretty sure that one of the reasons that David was a “man after God’s own heart” was because he had a lively sense of God’s presence and His ability to see him through any trial he encountered.

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2 Comments

  1. I stymbled across your blog. And it really moved me a lot. Keep writing. You are an encouragement. God bless.

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  2. Kissthefish – welcome, thanks, and praise God! šŸ™‚


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