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Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;
trust in money and you may have it taken from you;
but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in
time or eternity. - D.L. Moody


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Just What Is
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I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying
the really foolish thing that people often say
about Him [Jesus Christ]: "I'm ready to accept
Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't
accept His claim to be God."

That is the one thing we must not say. A man
who was merely a man and said the sort of
things Jesus said would not be a great moral
teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on a
level with a man who says he is a poached
egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this Man
was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman
or something worse ....

You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit
at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can
fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.
But let us not come up with any patronizing
nonsense about His being a great human
teacher. He has not left that option open
to us. He did not intend to.

-- From C.S. Lewis
(Author of The Chronicles of Narnia)


"Let every student be plainly instructed
and earnestly pressed to consider well
the main end of his life and studies is
to know God and Jesus Christ which is
eternal life (John 17:3)."

The Laws and Statutes of Harvard College in 1643

"All scholars shall live religious, godly,
and blameless lives according to the rules
of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy
Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth;
and constantly attend upon all the duties
of religion, both in public and secret."

Two central requirements in Yale College 1745 charter


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The Professor said...

Hope Without Answers

Anyone who spends any amount of time with young children knows that continual questions accompany their journey of discovering the world around them. A recent visit with one of my nieces reminded me of the importance of questions for the development of her young mind. She fired off her questions one after another, often barely hearing my answer before rapidly and excitedly asking her next.

Answering the persistent questions of my niece is one of the joys of my relationship with her. Every once in a while, she asks me a question that I am unable to answer for her in a way that satisfies. And so, she continues to ask the same question over and over again to no avail. Other times, she asks for things I cannot give to her, or that require me to tell her "no." In spite of frequent "no's" or my lack of a satisfactory answer, I am her aunt. She will continue to ask me questions because I am her aunt. She rests, without answers, in our

The parallels with our "adult" questions are obvious. There is hardly a day that goes by that most of us do not wonder about some puzzling question involving life's deep mysteries. Unlike the child-like questions of curiosity and discovery, these are often questions that fill us with doubt. These are the questions that challenge our trust; not only in the answers we've been given that may no longer satisfy, but also in the character of the one who does not provide the answer we are looking for or, worse, seems sometimes not to answer us at all.

It offers me some consolation that I am not the only one who has experienced this kind of disruption. The writings of the ancient prophet Habakkuk are filled with questions and very few answers. Habakkuk was one of the final prophets of Judah prior to her exile. The situation is grim and Habakkuk is the bearer of bad news. Indeed, the opening verse is often translated, "The burden which Habakkuk the prophet
saw.'(1) Habakkuk's burden involved carrying the weight of God's impending judgment. Habakkuk could not understand, for example, the method of God's judgment of Judah by the Chaldeans. Even though Habakkuk understands that God uses the Chaldeans to bring judgment, he wonders aloud, "Why do you look with favor on those who deal treacherously? Will they therefore empty their net and continually slay nations without sparing?" (Habakkuk 1:13b, 17). As Habakkuk pours forth cries of woe against Judah for their oppression of the poor, their pride, and their idolatry, he still cries out for God to save. "In wrath remember mercy," he prays.

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Habakkuk is clearly in conflict. The third and final chapter of this ancient book records Habakkuk's prayer: "Lord, I have heard the report about you and I fear." He rehearses the fearful account of God's wrath poured out on other nations. This same wrath will come in the form of the Chaldeans against Judah, and Habakkuk trembles at the
thought of it. "I heard and my inward parts trembled, at the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, and in my place I tremble." Yet, in spite of the distress that is coming, Habakkuk trusts in the One who will remember mercy:

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
and there be no fruit on the vines...
Yet, I will exalt in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds' feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.(2)

Recounting prayers made by King David and Moses before him, Habakkuk places his trust in this God who saved the people in generations long past. In this place of fearful waiting for God to answer with salvation, Habakkuk rests in a wordless place. It is a place of mystery and silence, a place in which Habakkuk hopes for the God who has acted in the past will be again his strength and salvation.

Our world of unanswered questions can lead us to a place of disquiet and unease.
We so often must walk into those difficult places where the answers are not what we want to hear. Like Habakkuk, we are called to rest in this wordless place beyond answers. Just as a young child rests in those relationships of trust, rest can be found in remembering the God who faithfully pursued relationship in ages past. The wordless place can open up this place for trust, instead of fear.

Margaret Manning is a member of the speaking and writing team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Seattle, Washington.

(1) Habakkuk 1:1. The word for "burden" is also translated "oracle." The Hebrew in Habakkuk is very difficult with many obscure Hebrew words that often do not occur anywhere else in the Old Testament.
(2) Habakkuk 3:17, 18-19. Verse 19 is a direct quote from 2 Samuel 22:34 and from Deuteronomy 33:29.

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