We Cannot Put God In A Box
In the movie The Robe, a Roman centurion
named Marcellus was mystified as he watched
a crippled lady playing a lyre and singing
praises to God. He was even more puzzled
when they told him that she was fifteen when
she was stricken by paralysis and how she
became very bitter until she heard the preaching
about Jesus Christ and how she was transformed
into a joyful woman. "But she still
cannot walk," Marcellus protested angrily.
"If Jesus had such great power, why
did He not cure her?" "He did,"
was the reply.
A friend of mine name named Charlie
similar testimony. He became blind
early age and he is completely dependant
on others. Yet he travels the world
energizing power of God and announces
good news. Whenever people ask why
not healed him, he replies, "I
I just cannot see!"
Lourdes is Catholic not because physical
miracles sometimes happen but because
real miracle always occurs. The crippled
and the sick return from this place
conscious that God did not make a mistake
in permitting this sickness or this
They start understanding that God ALWAYS
works in their favor.
At school, the English teacher always
about the big difference between childlike
= healthy attitude of wonder, innocence
simplicity in an adult, and childish
immature, whining attitude.
Duffy Robbins contrasts childish and
faith in five points.
1. Good Christians don't have pain
2. God wants to make us happy.
3. God always answers prayers.
4. Faith will help us always understand
God is doing.
5. Good Christians are always strong.
1. God uses our pain and disappointment
make us better Christians.
2. God wants to make us holy.
3. Sometimes he answers with a "No"
4. Faith will help us to submit to
will even when we do not have a clue
what God is doing.
5. Our strength is in admitting our
and dependability on God.
Childlike faith focuses on the heavenly
Childish faith is self centered and
Childlike faith trusts Him to use even
for our good. Childish faith expects
to shield us from all difficulties
make life comfortable for us.
Jesus Christ went to watch his first
match. The teams were the Protestant
and the Catholic Crusaders. The latter
first. Jesus cheered wildly and threw
cap in the air. Then the Punchers scored.
And Jesus cheered wildly and again
his cap high in the air.
This puzzled the man behind him and
tapped Jesus on the shoulder and asked,
side are you rooting for, my good man?"
"Me?" replied Jesus, visibly
by the game. "Oh, I am not rooting
either side. I am just enjoying the
This is the effect of prayer - it helps
to enjoy the game of life!
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