Thursday, June 12, 2008

Awake faith to put forth its strength

The Puritan prays (Valley of Vision, 'Faith'):
When faith sleeps, my heart becomes
an unclean thing,
the fount of every loathsome desire,
the cage of unclean lusts
all fluttering to escape,
the noxious tree of deadly fruit,
the open wayside of earthly tares,
Lord, awake faith to put forth its strength
until all heaven fills my soul
and all impurity is cast out.
Genesis begins with man in Eden with God, and ends with a man going into a coffin in Egypt. The story has spiralled downward terribly, but as Joseph speaks his last words he speaks in confident faith: "God will visit you and bring you up out of this land into the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob... God will surely visit you and you shall carry up my bones from here." - things are out of place, the sins of the amorites have not yet reached their height, God's people wait in faith to come into Canaan's rest. Waiting for God to visit his people when Christ comes to take his people back into Eden. Lord, awake my faith until the new creation, with Christ enthroned at it's centre, fills all my affections.

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