Being a Christian is spelled Y-E-T

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

There is a determinative word in the Christian vocabulary that makes all the difference to how a life is lived.  It is spelled Y-E-T.  A yet-lifestyle enables a Christian to live within one set of circumstances as if another set of circumstances counts that makes all the difference to the first set of circumstances.  In Psalm 42, the poet was speaking from within a set of circumstances of which everybody else thought God is clearly absent (42:3, 10).  The poet was longing for the living God (42:1-2), and could only remember the festive days of the past (42:4).  And YET, despite this particular set of circumstances, he found it possible to be hopeful and joyful in the Lord (42:5, 11).  That can only happen when you see the reality of God’s presence and activity in the world and in your life with eyes of faith even when the physical eyes can’t see that reality.  And, of course, if you can be bold enough to live into the vision of the latter reality despite physical evidence to the contrary.  Can you and I be joyful Christians today regardless our circumstances?  (Read also Habakkuk 3:16-18).

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