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My Favorite Kind of Rebuke

by Thor Ramsey

There are certain rebukes I like, the ones where someone tells me, "After everything Christ has done for you, it's not only ingratitude but unbelief to question His care for you at this point." Don't you like those kind of rebukes? I do, because I often need them. (If by often you mean every few minutes!)

George Mueller, the great Christian known for supporting orphans through prayer alone, said that our faith rests upon nothing but the facts of God's Word. Our faith doesn't rest upon our feelings or impressions or anything else associated with our emotional state, because our emotional state is often in direct contradition to the Word of God. I like that thought a lot, especially when I'm struggling with believing that God can work through someone like me. For various reasons, I think we all struggle with types of self-rejection. And in that self-rejection we reason that God rejects us also, or at least we think He's extremely displeased with us. If you're questioning God's care or direction or love or guidiance at this moment, this rebuke is for you.

After God used Moses to free the people of Israel from the oppression of Pharaoh and to bring them through the Red Sea while drowing all their enemies behind them, they still quarrelled and complained. Exodus 17:7 says this:

because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"

After everything God had already done for them, they questioned whether He was with them. Now, the simplie application is that after everything Christ has done for you, it's nothing but unbelief to question His love for you, His concern for you, His plan for you.

The fact is this:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.​ (Romans 5:8)

God sent His Son to pay the penalty for your sins. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to lead and comfort and guide you. The Holy Spirit breathed His Word through the Apostles and now we have the facts of God's Word to stand upon, which are the facts of history and the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

As we enter this season, this most wonderful time of the year, begin standing there, upon the unchanging, steadfast fact of God's unquestioning love for your soul.

He proved it in Jesus.

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