Edwards’ Resolution #25

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 in Resolutions

download25. Resolved, To examine carefully and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and so direct all my forces against it.

What one thing causes you to doubt the love of God? Or. To put it in clear terms, what is it that causes you to distrust God? What one thing causes you to question God’s love, His faithfulness,His goodness, His mercy and His grace? In the Hebrew (which I have no idea if that is what Edwards was considering) I think of the hesed word group, defined by one scholar this way:

The word hesed…[is] the descriptor par excellence of God in the Old Testament. The word speaks of a completely undeserved kindness and generosity done by a person who is in a position of power. This was the Israelites’ experience of God. He revealed himself to them when they were not looking for him, and he kept his covenant with them long after their persistent breaking of it had destroyed any reason for his continued keeping of it. …Unlike humans, this deity was not fickle, undependable, self-serving, and grasping. Instead he was faithful, true, upright, and generous—always.

This hesed character of God (covenant love, covenant mercy, covenant faithfulness) is born out of His covenant name, YHWH, Yahweh or Jehovah, “I AM” and/or “I WILL BE.” His character can not and will not be separated from His covenant name.  Therefore, His promise, both in name and action, is to be what He will be for His covenant people. So, when we do not trust Him in this matter, this one thing, we call into question His promise to show His steadfast love and faithfulness and mercy for His people – to be what He will be for His people.

What in your life today causes you to doubt, to be anxious, to lack trust in God? A trial, an illness, a difficult relationship, a spiritual battle, some sin that you don’t think God will forgive if confessed? TRUST HIM, and direct all your forces against it and all the schemes of the evil one.

Matthew 6:33-34 – [33]  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. [34] Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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