I just happened upon an email from Regent College introducing summer courses and was actually not too surprised to see J.I. Packer teaching yet again for another semester. Many people including myself have been blessed by Packer’s teaching ministry and it is my prayer that God gives him more strength to continue training up men and women for the glory of God.
I found two parts in this chapter that resonated deeply with me. The first is how Murray describes God’s work in our hearts to be greater than the work of creation. Moreover, our ability to do God’s work in our hearts is as futile as our ability to do God’s work in creation (para 23). I think this is a fitting illustration; both refer to the creative power of God. No matter how hard we try, we always fall short in saving ourselves. Just as in creation where God spoke and transformed chaos into order; he also ministers to us through the Holy Spirit in transforming our hearts. Our lives are messy and our only hope is for God to initiate change in our lives.
The second point is Murray’s statement that prayer is the chief instrument by which we wait on God (para 24). Prayer reminds us that we are always in dependence of God. It reminds us that we can only receive if we ask in humility and obedience. In our prayer lives, we often decide what we want and then go down the list asking God to grant those wishes as we see fit. However, is our prayer life an expression of our selfish desires that we want God to fulfill or are our prayers proclamations for God to change us as He desires?
The Gospel Coalition released another edition of Themelios! I really like reading the articles because each one is written in terms that lay people can appreciate. In addition, the book reviews are also excellent resources for reference in future purchases. I guess this is going to go into the “To Be Read” bin for now 🙂
Ligonier Ministries is offering a free download of the newly published Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture by Dr. Keith Mathison; take the chance to download and read this informative book!
In the first chapter of the book, Murray points out that waiting on God is the natural state of man before the fall (para 18). I think this point was very helpful to me as I tried picturing Adam in the Garden of Eden. Perhaps due to the picture Bibles I used to read as a child, I have always pictured Adam as more or less sitting around, eating fruits, and walking around aimlessly through the trees. Yet Murray reminds us that we were always created to be in dependence of God. God didn’t just create the human race and plopped them onto the Earth; He specifically made us to always exist in relation to Him. Murray further asserts that even regenerate people are still in dependence of God as He is Giver of everything that Christians need to live a holy, righteous life (para 19).
After reading Day 1, I can certainly appreciate that I am prone to use my own efforts to change the situations and circumstances that I face but I am reminded that we have a Father who is always looking to bless us with every good and perfect thing. All we need to do is wait for Him and enjoy the sweet blessedness of being in His care.
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