Author Archives: Nancy Guthrie
I already feel disappointed that so many, in a search for understanding the life beyond this one, will seek to find it in this film.
God chose the most lowly and humble matter possible, dust from the ground, and infused it with the most significant and glorious of all substances, his own breath.
You and I hear the voice of God speaking to us—unmistakably, authoritatively, and personally—when we read, hear, study, and meditate on the Scriptures.
The judgment on the Canaanite city of Jericho was horrific, but someone unexpected was spared. You can be, too.
And as the wonder of this line begins to sink in, it makes us want to sing, too.
The reality of Christ changes everything about our lives, including the growing older part.
We must welcome God to have his way, accomplish his purpose.
The hymn we sing at Christmas anticipates joy when Christ comes the second time—when the kingdom he established at his first coming will be consummated as the reality we will live in forever.
In our Sunday school class circle we were discussing Genesis 22, the account of God coming to Abraham and telling him to take his beloved son, Isaac, and offer him as a sacrifice. “I have always struggled with this story,” one man in the class said. “I just can’t understand how God could ask Abraham to do that. It just seems so cruel.”
Many of us have struggled to understand what seems like an outrageous request. And it is not only this command to Abraham that confounds us. We also read about Jacob’s wrestling in the dark with God throughout the night until finally God wrenched his hip, leaving him with a limp, and we wonder why God would do that. We read about God telling Hosea to marry a prostitute, to have children with her, and eventually to buy her back from the slave market even though she is already his, and we think we can hear Hosea’s heart breaking. We read about God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh to call Israel’s enemies to repentance, and when we get the full picture that these are the Assyrians who have slaughtered Jonah’s fellow Israelites and hauled them off to concentration camps, we think this is simply too much to ask of any man.
We are a bit offended on their behalf. How could God ask this of them?
And we’re also a bit afraid. Might God ask something like this of me?
Outrage to Adoration
Perhaps we’re meant to feel a bit …