If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you donít like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
In order to trust God, we must always view our adverse circumstances through the eyes of faith, not of sense. And just as the faith of salvation comes through hearing the message of the gospel (Romans 10:17), so the faith to trust God in adversity comes through the Word of God alone. It is only in the Scriptures that we find an adequate view of Godís relationship to and involvement in our painful circumstances. It is only from the Scriptures, applied to our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that we receive the grace to trust God in adversity.
Trusting God, 1988, p. 18.† Used by permission of NavPress Ė www.navpress.com. All rights reserved.†
Faith does not ask for any other evidence than for the written Word of God.
Has it ever struck you that we trust the word of our fellow-man more easily than we trust Godís word?
The Kneeling Christian, circa 1930, ch. 4.
One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.