“God is not Good, or else He could do better”
One of the things we pick up as we learn to pray is that Satan pushes and condemns, but God draws and encourages.
There is a tone to a voice. Satan pushes and condemns. God draws and encourages. We can know the difference. There is also a spirit in a voice. It was said of Messiah that He would not “break a bruised reed, nor quench a smoldering wick.” Jesus would never snuff out the smallest hope, never crush the needy, and that’s the spirit we listen for in the voice of God. Then, there is the content of the voice. That is the evidence that is most clear, because the voice of God, the Davar Yahweh, is always consistent with the way God has spoken in the past.
I went to America, to convert the Indians; but oh! who shall convert me? who, what is he that will deliver me from this evil heart of mischief? I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well; nay, and believe myself, while no danger is near; but let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled. (Tuesday, January 24, 1738)
“God’s vision for a better future has much more to do with making a difference than with making a dollar. It has more to do with creating a new reconciled global community of justice and celebration than with producing a new global community of consumption. It has more to do with coming home to Jerusalem than with returning to Babylon. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we are all invited to devote our lives to the subversive cause of the mustard seed that is destined to redeem a people and transform a world.”