Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday of Easter 2 - Exodus 23

Never noticed before that God had a reason for leaving the pagan "native-ites" in Canaan. "I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land" (Exodus 23:29-30)

Warning - not completely thought through thought ahead!

Could we say something similar about the unholy Trinity? That God does not keep the sinful world from attacking us, because then we would become easy prey for that beastie, the devil? Or vice versa? God uses devil, world and sinful flesh to drive us to prayer - but perhaps he also uses each one to keep the other two occupied, and keep us safer?

UPDATE: Or maybe it is something along the lines of the Luther quote my bride posted on her facebook page:
The most dangerous trial of all is when there is no trial, when everything
is all right and running smoothly. This is when a man tends to forget God, to
become too independent and put his time of prosperity to a wrong use. (AE44:47)

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