In Brennan Manning’s book, “Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffins’ Path to God,” he writes so very poignantly about the steadfast love of God. It intrigues me to read the question: “Do you have a ruthless trust in God?” What we come to realize as we read further is that the word “ruthless” has been flipped to give it a new and powerful meaning. We understand this new meaning to be a refusing to allow distractions, worries, or any other thoughts or actions that could overpower us, to interfere with our relationship with God. To ruthlessly trust in the power and presence of God is to constantly remind ourselves that we are now, have always been, and shall always be, God’s “beloved.’’
Last Sunday evening at our seven o’clock service we were reading a passage from 1 John, in which the word “beloved,” was used repeatedly. Several people commented during our reflection time how that word seemed to jump out at them with new meaning as they heard the scripture being read. So great is God’s love for us that we are his “beloved.” How ruthless and affirming can be our faith as we address God in return as “our beloved.”
This is the kind of faith the psalmist uses in Psalm 118. It is the kind of faith that will see us through whatever is going on in our lives and one that will see us through to even greater understanding of how God’s power works in our lives. We embody ruthless trust when we know that God is standing with us in the day to day, even though we can’t see or feel how that could ever be so. And we embody ruthless trust when we see resurrection, while others strain to see life.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118: 1)
Affirmation: “My faith in God is unwavering, for I know in whom I believe.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
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