The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 88
…through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…
–Romans 1:5 (ESV)
You and God are doing a work together. Its success depends entirely on him, and nothing can stop it except your own unfaithfulness. When all is well with your soul, all is well with you. For God’s part of the work is found, so to speak, in the repercussions of the faithfulness of the soul.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Remember this word of guidance from Jean Pierre de Caussade: “When all is well with your soul, all is well with you.” These twelve words will do much to keep you on the path, provided that you take them to heart. When you know that your soul is resting in God with faith and full surrender, you have nothing else to worry about.
On the other hand, when all is not well with you, check your soul. Check your attitude toward the will of God. Are you submitting to it with reverence? Are you receiving the moments of your life as gifts from God, or do you have contempt for them, thinking them to be worthless?
The apostle Paul spoke of the “obedience of faith.” We can understand this as the obedience that is produced by faith, the obedience that is faith, or some combination of these. We can also compare this with Jean Pierre de Caussade’s reference to the “repercussions of the faithfulness of the soul.”
But, since it is “God’s part of the work,” do we really need the most accurate definition? We want it, no doubt, and this is a good thing to want. But we do not need it in the beginning. Perfect obedience precedes perfect understanding. It is enough for you to know how to check on the condition of your own soul, and to guard your faith. For if the obedience of faith is the goal, unbelief is the enemy.
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