I read some very thought-provoking quotes by Dwight L. Moody in my literature book today, and I wanted to share a few with you (along with my thoughts).
We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there.
What a wonderful point! There are a couple ways one could look at this. Our Father, who is in heaven, is always within speaking distance–in fact, he’s always by our side. And although our earthly bodies remain in this world, our hearts–our souls–have a connection to the place to which we are going. What does it say to you?
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:16)
No book in the world has been so misjudged as the Bible. Men judge it without reading it. Or perhaps they read a bit here and a bit there, and then close it, saying: “It is so dark and mysterious!” You take a book now-a-days and read it: “Well,” you say, “I have only read it through once, not very carefully, and I should not like to give an opinion”; yet people take up God’s book, read a few pages, and condemn the whole of it. Of all the skeptics and infidels I have ever met speaking against the Bible, I have never met one who read it through. There may be such men, but I have never met them. It is simply an excuse. There is no man living who will stand up before God and say that the Bible kept him out of the kingdom.
Wow, that quote was a bit longer. :) Definitely worth taking a moment to read, though! The Bible is powerful, sharper than a “two-edged sword”. It will totally change the person who takes the time to seriously read it. It has that power because it’s Truth! It is the word of God, given to us to change us, to renew us–to give us hope. It is a sad thing, knowing that there are many people out there who deny the truth of the Bible. To know that those people have no hope for their eternity. Take a moment to pray for them. And if you are one of those people, you are probably offended. But let me ask you this: Do you have hope? Life? Joy?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
Faith is a belief in testimony. It is not a leap in the dark. God does not ask any man to believe without giving him something to believe. You might as well ask a man to see without eyes, as to bid him believe without giving him something to believe.
Very true words! When some people think of faith, they think of some blind belief that people have for no logical reason. Those of us who truly have faith know that that is not true. We see evidence of our faith, of God, everywhere around us. We see His handiwork in the intricacy of a single cell, and in the beauty of a sunset. We also see His truth in science (yes, you read that right; I know this gives some people pause). We not only believe that God will work in our lives, we feel His touch in times of pain and difficulty, and His joy in every situation.
God has given everyone something to believe. Some accept it with joy. Others choose to close their eyes, remaining in darkness. Open your eyes, see that God has been calling to you, reaching His arms out to you. Answer His call! If you already have, rejoice in the hope that you have!
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1–read the whole chapter if you get the chance!)
If you have any thoughts to share, comment below! I’d love to hear from you.