Friday, February 12, 2016

Genesis 3: The Fall

Read Genesis 3

In Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 states what any student of history already knows...there is nothing new under the sun.  We like to imagine that things were so much better, so much less evil, back in the "good ol' days." Sadly, no time in history seems to have mastered peace and harmony.  And Satan uses the strategy now that he used in the garden of Eden.

He lies. He twists the truth.  He makes worldly wisdom seem so much better than godly wisdom.  He deceives us, just like he deceived Adam and Eve.

"Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"  

Did God really say...

Does the Bible really say...

God didn't really mean it that way...

The Bible shouldn't be taken literally...

But God really wants you to be happy...

You will be more like God if you just let people live their lives how they want to...just love them...

Satan creates divisions.  He creates doubts.  He makes us wonder if God is really looking out for our best interest.  He makes us want to believe its not about our sin or our repentance.  Satan wants us to believe that God just wants us to love everyone.  If we love everyone enough, then surely God will love us enough to save us.  He tells us that God's word is not enough, that we must do something to earn His favor.   Satan convinced Eve that what she had in the garden wasn't enough.  Simply by suggesting that God was wrong in denying them the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Satan created discontent.

Discontent led to disobedience.  Disobedience led to death.  And here we are today, falling for the same deceptive tactics over and over again.  We tell ourselves that its okay to do such-and-such, because God wants us to be happy and He loves us just the way we are.  This is the lie the world preaches through every possible means and often from our pulpits on Sundays.

I saw a great quote the other day by Sinclair Ferguson. He said, "It is misleading to say that God accepts us the way we are. Rather he accepts us despite the way we are." 


Eve fell for Satan's lies and deceptions.  We fall for his lies too, but we are without excuse because we know the whole story.  We know what happens after she eats the apple.  Rather than walking with God in the "cool of the day," they hide from Him because they are so deeply ashamed of who they are without Him.  We know that sin separates us from God, yet we, like Eve, still choose it over God. And despite our fallen nature, God still pursues us and calls us to Him.

Even as Adam and Eve realize the death they have brought upon themselves (not just the physical death that will eventually come, but a spiritual death between them and God), God is showing them grace and setting His plan into motion to redeem His relationship with His creation.

God promises in verse 15 that a Redeemer will come that will bruise Satan's head, but that Redeemer will pay a price.  We know how the redemption story plays out.  We know the price that will be paid to heal a relationship that was lost due to lies and discontent.  Are we going to let Satan continue to deceive us?  Are we going to swallow his lies hook, line and sinker?  Or are we going to get to know our Savior more deeply through His word so that we can turn Satan's lies back on him through the truths of scripture?  Jesus used scripture to battle Satan in the desert.  If Jesus gave us that example of what to use to defeat Satan's tricks, wouldn't it make sense to follow His lead and know God's word?

The truth will always expose lies and deception.  But you first have to know the truth...

Questions:

In verse 21, what does God do for Adam and Eve to show them mercy in the midst of their shame?

In verse 5, how does Satan twist the truth to persuade Eve to eat the forbidden fruit?  How did he create discontent in her?  How does he create discontent in our hearts?  

In verse 8, why did Adam and Eve hide themselves (or want to hide themselves) from the presence of God?  What pulls us away from God's presence?

Further readings:
2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13-15
James 1:14-15
Matthew 4:1-11

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Genesis 2: Blessed Rest

Read Genesis 2

The first sabbath is established in the first few verses of chapter 2.  God has just put the finishing touches on His creation and He has looked it over and declared it to be "very good." An artist, writer, chef, architect, or parent knows this feeling.  That moment when the painting is complete, an exquisite meal is plated, or the newborn is placed in his mother's arms...a sense of accomplishment along with a dash of awe and wonder overtakes the moment and true contentment is experienced. Closely followed by pure exhaustion.  Everything has been given to realize this moment and rest is needed. God created a day of rest, not just for Him but for us.

And He blessed that day of rest.  He made it holy.

And what do we do with our day of rest?  Usually cram as much as we can into it before we start the craziness of our week.  How does that even make sense?  We run non-stop Monday through Saturday, we skid into some pews on Sunday morning (maybe) and barely sit still long enough to fuel back up during a one hour sermon, before we hit the doors at a dead sprint to do some laundry, buy groceries and try to get a handle on the chaos that is our daily lives. Does that sound like the description of day that is restful, blessed or holy?  Not so much.

He rested from all the work He had done.

God rested.  The maker of the entire universe took a breather.  Maybe even a nap.  He was pleased with a job well-done so He stepped back, declared it finished and He rested.  We are constantly being told by anyone with a Bible and a pulpit to BE MORE LIKE JESUS.  But for whatever reason, this usually means DOING more, not RESTING more. But it says right there in Genesis 2:3...

"So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that he had done in creation."

We know God is constantly setting examples for us on how we are to live and be more like Him. Throughout the Bible He tells us pretty clearly how to obey Him and live a life that glorifies Him. But for some reason, we completely ignore the example He gives us on day seven of the creation story.  He codifies it into law later in Exodus 20, and yet, we still ignore it.  He knew we would need rest.  He created us to work and create and live life to the fullest, but He also created us with a need for blessed rest.

During Lent, try to really have a day of rest. Traditionally, that has always been on Sunday, but that might not be an option for you or your family.  Maybe you can make Saturday a day of rest, or maybe Tuesdays work best for you.  Make rest a priority.  God did.

Questions:
1. Look up "rest" in the concordance of your Bible and see how God values rest throughout His word.  

2.  There is some other important information in Chapter 2.  How did God create man?  How did He create woman?  What does His creation process tell us about the relationship between a husband and a wife?  

3. What is the other first that is created by God in verse 24?  In this creation process He includes the relationship between Adam and Eve.  What does this tell us about the importance God places on this relationship between a man and a woman?

Further Reading:
Exodus 16:22-30
Exodus 20:8-11; 31:16
Hebrews 4:8-11
Matthew 11: 28-30




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Genesis 1: In the Beginning

Read Genesis 1

In the beginning

The story of the Savior of the world begins with these three words.  But its the rest of the sentence that sets the stage for the central character of the Bible.  God.  The Bible is not about us.  It is not just a guide book for how to live a good life.  It is not simply a history book.  Or a fairy tale.  The Bible is about the Creator of the universe.  It is about God Almighty. 

And in the beginning, He created the heavens and the earth.  He created everything we know.  The stars, the moon, the sun, the planets, and galaxies near and far.  The trees, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea.  He created every animal we can name and even those we cannot.  Sunsets, snowstorms, and spring rains all came from His hand. The colors of skin and eyes and hair of every child ever conceived were chosen by Him. The very first verse of the Bible lets us know without a doubt who created us and our world.  

But we still doubt don't we?

We doubt He really did it.  Surely there is some other explanation. It just couldn't happen the way it says because science has said otherwise.  Man has "proven" that it is just a story...a fairy tale of how life began.  We aren't really supposed to believe it are we?

But why not?

We say we believe that Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph.  We say we believe He is the Son of God.  We say we believe He chose to be the sacrifice for our sins.  We say we believe He rose from the dead.  We say we believe the Gospel.  If these are truly our beliefs, we have to understand that these truths have a foundation found in the very first chapter and verse of the Bible.

Our foundation for belief starts right here in Genesis 1:1.  If we can't believe that God is the creator of all the heavens and the earth, how can we believe that He loved us enough to send His Son to die for us?  Everything that follows this one verse depends on the truth of this first verse.  If it is not true, nothing else we believe is either.

Reread chapter 1.  Read it as the truth of Almighty God.  Read it as the beginning of the Gospel that leads to salvation.  The same sovereign God that created the world we know is the same sovereign God that would be born in a stable to die on a cross to redeem His fallen creation.  The same sovereign God that spoke light into being is the same sovereign God that would vanquish the darkness of sin and death.

In the beginning...

Questions:
1.  In verse 2, what is the description of the earth?  In verse 3, how does God change this description?  How is this change similar to the change that Jesus brought into the world?

2.  List what was created on each day of creation.  What was created first?  Think about how time and calendars have worked for thousands of years.  Everything in history revolves around the week first described in Genesis 1.  How does this affect how you view the timeline of creation?

3.  List all the phrases that are repeated throughout chapter 1.

4.  What two creations did God bless in verses 22 and 28?  How were the blessing and commands to mankind different? 

Further Reading: verses throughout the Bible that restate the truths found in Genesis 1
Psalm 102:25-27
Isaiah 40: 25-26
John 1:1-5
Acts 17: 24-28
Revelation 4:11

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Mundane Life


The mundane is boring. And moms face a mountain of the mundane day in and day out. Some days we feel like we are stuck in the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.  We are doomed to repeat the same chores, the same meals, the same homework battles 7 days a week.  If there is a light at the end of this tunnel, it is very, very dim.  But we trudge on because that is what moms do. 

But what if there is more to this mundane story?  What if we were to see this teaching, this training, and this endless doing for what it truly is…the building of a strong foundation?  Would our daily schedules seem so mundane?  So boring and ordinary? 

Or would we see them as small things that could become great things in the hands of a great God?

In Zechariah 4, Zechariah is given some visions from the Lord.  The Israelites have returned from Babylon and have begun to rebuild the temple of the Lord.  It will not be as grand as Solomon’s temple, but God has promised to reside there in all His glory.  There is trouble on all sides though.  Those that despise the Lord and His people are stirring up trouble and those that are just never content are questioning why a lesser temple should even be built.  The people are feeling discouraged and distracted.  They have just left a foreign land to return to the land of their ancestors, but for many, this homeland is just as foreign.  Not only are they trying to lay the foundation of the holy temple, but they are attempting to lay the foundation of their lives outside of captivity.  And the day in and day out struggles are beginning to frustrate them and they are forgetting what the end result will be, God dwelling within their midst once again.  God is encouraging the man He has chosen to rebuild the temple, Zerubbabel, to not lose heart. He is promising him that these small things will lead to great things.  (See Haggai 2:20-23; Zech. 4:6-9)

In Zechariah 4:10, God asks, “Who dares to despise the day of small things?”  I just got stuck right there as I read that part of the verse. Apparently, I dare to despise small things all the time.  I get tired of doing the dishes and cooking meals and doing loads of laundry.  But I also get tired of teaching life principles to boys that just don’t seem to want to learn, or do, or grow.  It gets frustrating.  And I feel defeated.  And I want to throw in the towel and run away.

But then God speaks out of the pages of His word and I realize there is more to the mundane than I imagined.  Especially, when I let Him be the owner of my so-called ordinary existence.  Matthew Henry (by far my favorite Bible commentator of all time) puts it like this, “In God’s work the day of small things is not to be despised. Though the instruments be weak and unlikely, God often chooses such, by them to bring about great things.” Trust me, as instruments go, I am weak and unlikely.  But God chose me to be a wife to my husband and a mother to three boys.  I’m laying spiritual foundations that I don’t even know about right now.  Ones that will serve my boys in years (and trials) yet to come. 

And when I treat the mundane things of my life as unimportant or annoying, I despise the work God has given me to do.  Doesn’t mean I can’t delegate the dishes or the laundry, but it does mean this mundane life is the adventure I’m called to right now.  As much as I would like to jet off to exotic locales to further God’s kingdom, He has called me to build foundations in my home in the lives of my children and in my marriage.  And I need to be about my Father’s business much more consistently than I am.  My boys need the firm foundation of Christ because without it they cannot withstand the storms of this life. 

Foundation-building may be boring and ordinary.  The world may see it as mundane and unadventurous. It may be called small and unimportant. But the Bible tells us otherwise.  Christ calls us to use the ordinary to bring Him glory.  Kind of puts the shine on the mundane doesn’t it? 

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.[a] 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Luke 6:46-29 (ESV)

See Zechariah 4; Haggai 2: 1-9

Thursday, December 25, 2014

December 25th: Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas
Luke 2
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
 2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
 3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
 5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
 7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
 15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
 16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
 17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
 18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
 19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

This story has been told in many different forms over the last two millennia.  It has been shared over the years by storytellers, singers, writers, and movie producers.  But it is the inspired words of Luke, from the King James Version, that tell the story in a way that resounds with my heart and soul.  These are the words that I first heard used to tell the story of my Savior’s birth, the ones that come to mind when I recall the verses that tell of His love for me.  For the world. 

This morning, as we doze on couches and chairs and the children play with toys in a joyful and sleepy daze, reflect on these words.  Let them pour over you and bring you the LoveJoy, Peace and Hope that came to us when God entered our world as a newborn baby. 

This story didn’t end in Luke 2.  The next chapter, but not the final one, took place on a hill outside Jerusalem called Golgotha.  God, who was born into our world as a baby, died as a man on the cross for our sins.  Three days later, when he rose from the grave, He conquered death and rewrote the stories of those that believe in Him. 

Now, just as we anticipate the Christmas season each year, we wait for the “blessed hope” that will arrive when our Savior returns.  He is coming again and o’ what a glorious day that will be!

Come Lord Jesus, Come. 

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my Example is He!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He's coming—O glorious day!

One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord for evermore!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He's coming—O glorious day!

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glories will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He's coming—O glorious day!

O glorious day!

O Glorious Day
~John Wilbur Chapman~

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December 24th: The Candles of Christmas Eve


"How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God."  Psalm 84:1-2

"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere..." Psalm 84: 10



They had me at "pa rum pum pum pum."  I was completely undone by "Silent Night, Holy Night."  I am not sure I could make it through the Christmas chaos without Christmas Eve worship. Actually, I know I couldn't.

It is when I am finally fully present in the celebration of the season.  In the celebration of the birth of our King.  I have been at a full sprint since December 1st and when I screech to a halt in the sanctuary, I always feel as if there is not a lot left of me to give to my Savior.  But when we begin to sing praises to our King, my heart soars and my soul is renewed.  In that moment, for me, it is finally Christmas.

Tonight as we headed to church, we were not much in a worshipful mood, so to speak.  There had been griping, complaining, disobeying, ugly words, and downright meanness in our abode.  As I drove to church, a little voice was whispering to me, "You are being a hypocrite.  Why are you going to church?  You have been yelling at your kids and your Christmas spirit is non-existent.  Stay home and don't go to church with this attitude."  Thankfully, I knew of whence this little voice came from and I drowned it out with holy defiance and some Christmas songs on the radio.  I am so, so glad I did.

As we walked into the church, I could feel that peace I so longed for in the preceding days descend upon me.  I corralled the boys and their candles into the row and sat down with instructions that they were NOT to play with their candles.  Sure.  Whatever.  Might as well should have told them to stop being boys.

The candles are what do it for them each year.  It is fire and they are boys.  It is not about singing "Silent Night" or being mindful of the true reason we sing.  It is about the hot wax, the fire, pinching it out with slightly moistened fingertips, and of course, the fire.  They were mesmerized by the praise bands rendition of "The Little Drummer Boy" but every so often, my youngest would lean over and ask, "Is it time for the candles yet?"

When our pastor stood before the podium with his candle, every child in the room began to fidget in anticipation.  They watched eagerly as the candles were slowly lit at the front of the room and travelled backward.  As our pastor spoke about the Light of Christ coming into the world to dispel the darkness and how we, as Christians, are to bring His light to the world, I noticed something interesting.

Every adult sat perfectly still, held their candle perfectly upright, and sang the words to "Silent Night" in a perfectly reverant manner.  Meanwhile, our children were examining their candles, tipping them side-to-side, touching the hot wax, laughing, smiling and generally beaming from ear to ear.  Honestly, I am not sure what glowed more, the candles or their smiles.  And it dawned on me...like the candle, they experience Christ and His gift of love with anticipation, curiousity, and child-like wonder.  Like the candle, they want to see what makes faith in God work, to know what it feels like to know God, to understand how He changes all things around Him, and they want to experience Him in every way possible.  All the while, we are shushing them, telling them not to burn their brother's shirt, sit up straight, sing the song, and generally trying our darnedest to ruin the moment for them.

When do we lose that child-like wonder?  When do we accept that reverence comes with rules and regulations?  When does being a Christian stop being the best thing that has every happened to us?  And why can't we just let our kids enjoy the moment?  Well, other than the obvious reason that we would rather them not set the hymnals on fire.  I think we are maybe a little jealous.  We have to behave like adults and worship like adults.  Right?

Oh, to revel in the freedom of a child again.  Maybe this year, we can all capture a little bit of their wonder and awe.  Maybe His light will shine through us too, not just our kids.  Each year, my Christmas is redeemed by Christmas Eve worship.  Obviously, I need to figure out how to enter into His presence a little earlier in the season.  But right now, this year, I am so very thankful that I entered into His presence with all my mess and let Him meet me right where I was...and He calmed my stormed and brought me the peace only He can give.

May His peace and joy descend on you and yours today.  May His gift of eternal life be the center of your celebrations today and in the year to come.  May mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance...(Jude 2).

Merry Christmas!!  

December 23rd: Love Came Down


“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  1 John 4:10

The world tends to emphasize the kinder and gentler side of humanity at this time of year.  Cards are sent proclaiming love, joy and peace to all of our loved ones and friends, maybe even to a few people we just tolerate.  We are encouraged (or brainwashed) to buy and buy and buy for those we “love.”  The more money we spend the more we love them.  It is no wonder that this time of year is so stinking stressful.  We all want to be loved and we all want others to know how much we love them, but the world makes it harder (and more expensive) to show that love every year. 

But the Love that came down to us and dwelt among us that very first Christmas does not abide by the world’s standards. We cannot buy His love.  We cannot even earn it.  All we can do is except it.  It is simply a gift. 

The definition of love give by John is that God loved us first.  Then He showed us how much He loved us by sending His son, not just to live with us and show us how to live together nicely, but to die for us.  To be a cleansing sacrifice for our sinful selves, that is how he showed us love.  No gift cards.  No expensive electronics.  Just His life for ours. 

That is what real love looks like. 

So how do we show real love to others?  Ah, there is the question of the hour.  It is so much easier to buy a nice sweater or a pair of socks that just scream, “well, I like you a lot,” than to truly show love for another. 

“We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, “I love God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”  1 John 4:19-21

Well, shoot.  We have to be nice to people and mean it.  And just in case you were wondering, "brothers" is kind of a general term that applies to just about everyone else, not just your sibling.  So you are not off the hook if you happen to just have sisters.  You have to love them too.  And your neighbors.  Just saying we love God then griping at the cashier at the grocery store because she can’t find the price on the produce, being rude to the person on the other end of the phone that drew the short straw and has to deal with us when we are at are crankiest, or yelling at our kids with such venom we almost lose our voice, apparently won’t cut it anymore.  Not when we claim to be a Christian anyway.

If we truly love God, and that means that we are living our lives according to Deuteronomy 6:4-5, then we are showing love to others.  We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength.  Once again, easier said than done.  But when we focus on living our lives according to God’s word, we cannot help but treat people as God would treat them.  Simply put, we love God by loving others.  If we put all we are into truly loving God, the way that looks to others is that we truly love them too. 

We can proclaim our Christianity to the ends of the earth, but if our faith is without works, we might as well keep our mouths shut.  If our actions do not back up our words, we lose all credibility with the world.  That doesn’t mean we have to do a whole bunch of “Christian” stuff to look good, we just have to live our lives in such a way that we do not bring disgrace to our heavenly Father.  Seriously people, don’t go to the mall with all of you Christian paraphernalia on, and then cuss at the person who cuts in front of you in line.  And don’t put all those lovely Christian bumper stickers on your car if you are going to be giving people the one-finger wave on a regular basis.  And for good measure, don’t gossip about your Bible study leader, cheat on your spouse or your taxes, speak rudely to your child’s teacher, or call those that express a contrary opinion to yours ugly names. 

Playing nice with others and truly caring about them is not for the faint of heart.  It is hard work that requires a firm foundation in knowledge of the One that loved us first.  Open your Bibles and get to know Him because the more you know Him the more you can emulate Him, and the more He can love others through us.  

So this weekend, while you are entrenched up to your ears with family, the ones you love and the ones you tolerate, spread some love.  Don’t expect to be served, serve others.  Don’t expect to receive, give of yourself.  Listen rather than expecting to be heard.    We didn't deserve His love and He gave it freely.  The least we can do is not be stingy with His incredible gift.  The best way we can honor His birth and thus His sacrifice is to share His love with those around us with a smile, a word of praise, a pat on the back or a door held open.  And we can do it all year long, not just in December.

Simple gestures of respect.  Simple gestures of love. 

There's a wideness in God's mercy
I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning
To melt this heart of stone
Keeps me aching with a yearning
Keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God

Now I've seen no band of angels
But I've heard the soldiers' songs
Love hangs over them like a banner
Love within them leads them on
To the battle on the journey
And it's never gonna stop
Ever widening their mercies
And the fury of His love

Oh the love of God
And oh the love of God
The love of God

Joy and sorrow are this ocean
And in their every ebb and flow
Now the Lord a door has opened
That all Hell could never close
Here I'm tested and made worthy
Tossed about but lifted up
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God

The Love of God
~Rich Mullins~