“The conclusions we draw about God in the midst of our pivotal circumstances drive us toward or away from him.” Andy Stanley, Deep and Wide, pg 138
Reading Andy Stanley’s book, Deep and Wide, and coming across this section reminded me of what we’ve been talking about on this blog. Andy is talking about how what he calls pivotal circumstance in our lives affect our faith. Some of these experiences in life are life altering, which can be good or bad. But either way, how we interpret these experiences determine how we perceive God and if our faith will grow or be devastated.
This returns us to the idea of the spirit of accusation found in the dry land of LoDebar. When we face circumstances that challenge our faith, we have the choice to listen to the voices of those who make their home here, or will we stand against the words that try to accuse God to us.
The enemy of our souls will look for those experiences in our lives to try to define God to us, and by extension, define us to ourselves. He will paint God as a tyrant, or uninterested, or even against us. The question will be what will we do? Will we allow our circumstances to define who God is, or will we allow Him to speak for Himself?
This is why it is important for us to learn to hear the voice of the Father. Just as Jesus heard the Father declare him as His beloved son, we need to hear the Father’s voice speaking those words over us. The king is our friend. We can trust him. Even when our circumstances try to lie to us, accuse God to us and accuse us to ourselves, we can believe him.
He has made his love and care for us known. We must choose to believe the king has our best interest in mind, rather than the lies from the enemy. Ask him to speak to you his truth, let his word be your anchor in the midst of LoDebar.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT