a lenten devotion

For the faithful Christ-follower, self-concept is inextricably connected to God-concept. We are valuable because God is Creator. We are forgiven because God is Redeemer. If God is not who we thought He was, then who are we? Many of us dare not even ask the question. Do we fear that God will fail the test?

Dr. Leonard Sweet teaches that in the Jewish culture, “It’s an act of reverence to ask questions of the story. The Jews are confident that the story is strong enough to be tried and tested. . . . Around the table, a Jewish child has “That’s a good question!”drummed into his or her soul, not, “You don’t ask that question”. . . Questions are as sacred as answers.”

We weaken—not strengthen—our faith when we silence sincere questions. Faith in Christ is not an airy substance that rests on unquestioning souls. Biblical faith is muscular, thickened more through trials than ease. The Author of our faith is more than able to address the identity crises His unexpected words and ways may trigger. – Dr. Alicia Britt Chole, 40 Days of Decrease.

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  1. Amen. This reminds me of the book I once read call the Gospel according to Moses that highlighted how counter to our American culture the Jewish culture is very big on encouraging and valuing many questions. I sometimes need to remind myself of this when I feel like mocking the seemingly simple questions.

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