"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Stormy Sea of This World

God has, as though deliberately, left the righteous unarmed and unprotected in this world, in order to reveal His strength and to place a stumbling block before tyrants. A thread of righteousness is therefore stronger than a chain of unrighteousness. The Tyrant attempts to break the thread of righteousness, but will become entangled in it and will perish.

Satan sought to destroy righteous Job, but God raised Job to the skies. It was when Job seemed weak that he was the victor. Satan sought to destroy King Herod, and Herod, in his wickedness, gave him no opposition. It was when Herod seemed all-powerful that he perished. All that is from God in this life seems to be weak, but is stronger than the stars and the sounding ocean.

Look and learn from these opposites that God has provided for our instruction: Moses and Pharaoh, David and Goliath, Job and Satan, Jerusalem and Babylon, the Three Children and King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel and Darius, the apostles and Rome. If we understand the teaching that God has given us in these clear examples, we shall joyfully cry out with wonderous David: “Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 19/20:7). We shall then wonderfully understand with our minds and make our own with our hearts the words of the Apostle Paul: “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

(excerpt from Bishop Nikolai of Velimirovic, Homilies, vol. 2, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, (Lazarica Press: Birmingham, 1996) pp. 149-150.)

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