2nd Corinthians 5:7

FAITH IS ALL WE NEED

Whenever I see one of the letters from Paul, I always sort of laugh when I see it was one to the Corinthians.

Paul seemed to be having trouble with that group of people all the time. I often thought that if he did write a third letter to them, he would probably tell them that they really try his patience.  But, we all probably would try his patience.

Some of the communities which Paul wrote to seemed to have no problems understanding what they are supposed to do and the way they should act. I am sure, though, Paul was familiar with the Prophets and all the problems they had, but they never stopped, even when they were put in jail, threatened with execution, and numerous other ways to punish them because the people, the king, or whomever, just did not like what a Prophet was telling them.

Paul was no stranger to many of these things. Not only did he have problems with communities he was evangelising, but also with all the officials in the communities. And, then, after all that, while he’s telling the Gentiles they don’t have to follow the LAW, the other Apostles are  disagreeing with him.  So, off to Jerusalem for a council and getting some decisions about preaching to the Gentiles and the LAW.

So, what has that got to do with the Bible quote for today. Paul finally had to tell people FAITH is what is important; not what a person sees and sometimes not what a person hears.  God sorts everything out and fixes everything. All of us just need Faith. (In one of that adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books by Universal – The Scarlet Claw – the priest in the story has one of the best lines: “Aw, what you need is more Faith and less imagination!”  Not only less imagination, but keep your own thoughts out of the way.)  Just pray for more Faith and trust that God will work everything out.  May not be the way we would do it, but then, we are not God’s counsellors.

Thanks for reading.

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