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Dr. Ray Pritchard Christian Blog and Commentary

Time to Close Our Eyes

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard
    Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
  • 2008 Oct 10
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n these confusing, uncertain times, I found this quote from John Calvin (HT Of First Importance) reassuring:

Our circumstances are all in opposition to the promises of God. He promises us immortality: yet we are surrounded by mortality and corruption. He declares that He accounts us just: yet we are covered with sins. He testifies that He is propitious and benevolent toward us: yet outward signs threaten His wrath.

What then are we to do? We must close our eyes, disregard ourselves and all things connected to us, so that nothing may hinder or prevent us from believing that God is true.

He’s right, of course. There will be many times when we do not feel very strong in our faith. And the current economic uncertainty tends to throw us all off balance. Our challenge today is to take God’s promises at face value. 

If we look at ourselves and our circumstances, we will always despair.
If we look to Christ, we will find a solid rock upon which to stand.

Perhaps we all need to close our eyes for a moment so we can refocus them on something other than politics and the stock market.

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