September 25, 2014
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The late Francis Schaeffer often talked about the two chairs we can sit in. One is the chair of unfaith and the other is the chair of faith. Sitting in the chair of unbelief means that we say, think, feel, speak, and act as if we have no faith in the Lord in the midst of what’s going on. Or we can choose to sit in the chair of faith, believing — and showing by our thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting, that we really believe — that God is with us and that He is at work.
Most of us find crazy, confusing, painful, hurtful things happening and we’re smack dab in the middle of it all. Sitting in the middle of our set of circumstances is a good place from which to ask our selves which chair we’re sitting in, the chair of unfaith or the chair of faith.
Do I really believe that God cares about me and has my best interests at heart, or don’t I believe this? Sometimes I find myself sitting in the chair of unfaith. At such times I need to switch chairs!
God said to the Israelites, whom He sent into exile — and it’s in the Bible for us to take to heart as well — “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)