In Desperate Need of Clarity

Posted on 2007-01-24. Filed under: Thoughts |

This is the title of a section of Chapter 1 of a book that I just started reading – Waking the Dead by John Eldredge. This section header is very close to the subject of an email I sent to a friend last month – Desperately Seeking Clarity. How interesting is God’s timing!

I have a feeling that this is going to be a good book for me. It is mirroring the class we are in right now in ENLI – The Life of Victory. (Again – how interesting is God’s timing!) One of the comments from one of the teachers tonight was something like the hardest and most important battle you will fight is the battle in your mind. This is something that I discussed with my wife and some friends this past Friday. I’m still chewing on that conversation for it was revealing to me.

Throughout tonight’s lesson, there were quotes from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. One of the teachers downplayed these quotes because she disagreed with Sun Tzu. Her main point was that Sun Tzu’s philosophy was focused on deception. I think she missed the thrust of his arguments but I’ll let that lie. It’s interesting that I was actually thinking this afternoon of The Art of War and how it was time that I re-read it.

There is a quote from Saint Irenaeus in Waking the Dead that is of some importance in Chapter 1. It is “The glory of God is man fully alive.” This quote is from Against Heresies, IV.20.7. There is a longer version of that quote contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

 “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God.

We receive life from revelation of God. This makes sense as our being is but a mirror of God as we are created in his image. As our revelation of him becomes fuller, so should our life become fuller.

Another important quote in this chapter was John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This is used to show why our lives don’t fully reflect God’s image. It is because we have an enemy that is currently at war with us. He wants to take our life (“kill”). Therefore, we have to guard our lives and as it says in Proverbs 4:23 – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Like I said before, it’s going to be an interesting book! 🙂

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