Monday, February 08, 2010

Trust vs. comfort, destiny vs. indulgence

Childlike trust and grownup identity

Christian faith is not neurotic dependency but childlike trust. We do not have a God who forever indulges our whims but a God whom we trust with our destinies. The Christian is not a naive, innocent infant who has no identity apart from a feeling of being comforted and protected and catered to but a person who has discovered an identity that is given by God which can be enjoyed best and fully in a voluntary trust in God. We do not cling to God desperately out of fear and the panic of insecurity; we come to God freely in faith and love.

Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.

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