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  14. I love your Thomas Edison analogy. Once I realize that Christ was for me — no matter what — I was able to accept so called failure with much more grace. Praise God for His faithfulness. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Rodney Olsen says:

    Thanks for sharing your devotional thoughts. Thankfully the Spirit is working in us to enable us to pursue obedience. 🙂

  16. Edison’s quote really has me re-thinking the whole failing to follow Jesus. I feel many times that I’m not following Him the way I want to in the busyness of this season and demands of 5 kids.
    Great post!

  17. Our obedience to Christ doesn’t make us righteous, but it leads us to righteousness. Very true that.

  18. Scott M Sykes says:

    It is amazing when we continually ask “Why God?” when He is pruning those things that restrict us from Him and His best for us. I have learned to ask “Why not?” and try to see it from an eternal perspective as opposed to a temporal one. Can’t say that I always had that way of thinking. I am ashamed to say that because of His testing and pruning in my life years ago I walked away and was lukewarm in my faith. But His faithfulness was more than my stubbornness and He put me back on His path.

    We need to learn to let go of this world and everything that is in it if we are going to be faithful to God in our lives. This world is not our home and these bodies we are in are NOT eternal. Our life is in the new earth and new heaven that will come when Christ comes back and the only way to get there is to remove everything that hinders our life in God.

    I read a verse in a story from a friend on Facebook that I had read long ago and completely had forgotten in Malachi:

    Malachi 3:3 King James Version (KJV)
    3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

    What I had remembered was the purification process but not the verse. When this was brought to my attention it came back like a flood. How you had to burn out the impurities, like steel and other metals, but where you were looking for a purity in the steel the purity in silver reflects back the Purifier. I don’t know how I could have forgotten that but add that to God’s pruning and I picture a piece of fruit so fully developed and made that God can see Himself in us and that which we develop.

    God Bless

  19. Ken,
    This post reminds me of Proverbs 27:20 Hell and Destruction are never full;
    So the eyes of man are never satisfied.

    Giving in to sinful appetites only increases our desires for those appetites.

  20. How true! Obedience leads to righteousness…very encouraging@

  21. Keith Haney says:

    Very insightful post. Also very well written. Thanks for sharing.

  22. kalinann says:

    Great post. I’ve been asked about a silent God a lot lately. “What do I do with God won’t answer me?” I think the biggest thing is…are we listening? Are we reading His Word? Praying at all?

    • Ken Van Horn says:

      I would refer them to Isaiah 58 as a first impulse but I think a big part of the silence is not listening. I had a friend who would give himself “spiritual shock therapy” on occasion. He would go someplace, pack a lunch, bring a blanket and a Bible and spend the day seeking the Lord, praying, and reading His Bible. I’ve decided that in large part, that was the purpose of the Sabbath. It was a day to put first things first–God and family.

  23. Rodney Olsen says:

    A great reminder. It can be so easy to put our faith on ‘autopilot’ rather than relying on God daily. Whenever we do that, our begins to harden.

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