“Unreality in religion is an accursed thing.” -J.J. Packer
Packer explores our inward trials as Christians in this chapter of his book Knowing God. Christianity is often portrayed as a cake walk. Give your life to Jesus, and He will make your life easy. Our selfish human hearts wish that were the case. The reality is, though, that God has given us new life by His grace, and His grace alone. The sole purpose of his grace was so that He may be glorified through a restored relationship with us. It seems logical then, that upon receiving His grace we would resign our lives without question, leaving the Potter to mold us as He sees fit. I know this doesn’t always happen in my own life. In fact, right now I’m wrestling with the why’s of this curvy, winding road. I’m realizing, though, that God wants us to realize that life is “rough and perplexing, so that we may learn to thankfully lean on him.” The bumps, trials, and heartaches are not by accident. Do not be deceived by such folly. Each situation in our lives, lies sovereignly in the hands our God, and each exists so that we shall learn to hold Him fast. I pray that through each season of life, my character would be built, my faith strengthened, and my morals crystallized.