Faith Is Rest


Faith is rest, not toil. It is the giving up all the former weary efforts to do or feel something good, in order to induce God to love and pardon; and the calm reception of the truth so long rejected, that God is not waiting for any such inducements, but loves and pardons of His own goodwill, and is showing that goodwill to any sinner who will come to Him on such a footing, casting away his own poor performances or goodnesses, and relying implicitly upon the free love of Him who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son.

–Horatius Bonar,
The Everlasting Righteousness



Why we trust

Not certainty, but trust

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When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don’t expect faith to clear up things for you. It is trust, not certainty.

–Flannery O’Connor

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Trust the engineer


When a train goes through
a tunnel and it gets dark,
you don’t throw away
the ticket and jump off.
You sit still and trust
the engineer.

–Corrie Ten Boom

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He does the holding

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Don’t try to hold God’s hand,
let Him hold yours.
Let Him do the holding
and you do the trusting.

–H. William Webb-Peploe

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Trusting in the dark


If we insist on visible proofs from God, we may well prepare the way for a permanent state of disappointment.

True faith does not so much
attempt to manipulate God
to do our will as it does to position us
to do his will.

 As I searched through the Bible for models of great faith, I was struck by how few saints experienced anything like Job’s dramatic encounter with God. The rest responded to the hiddenness not by demanding that he show himself, but by going ahead and believing him though he stayed hidden.

–Philip Yancey
Disappointment with God

The journey ahead


Do not give into fear in the face of the changes and chances of this life. Rather, as they arise, look at them with full trust in God, to whom you belong, who will enable you – through His powerful love – to profit from them. He has guided you thus far in life; so hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through every trial. Whenever you cannot stand, he will carry you in his loving arms. Do not be anxious about what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. He will either shield you from suffering, or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.

–St Francis de Sales

Trusting the Guide

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Faith means striking out,
with no clear end in sight and perhaps 
even no clear view of the next step.
It means following, trusting,
holding out a hand to
an invisible Guide.

–Philip Yancey

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God is there


We must never get into the habit
of being preoccupied with the future.
There is no reason to do so.
God is there.

–Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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