This week’s devotional comes again from Devotional Classics edited by Richard Foster and James Bryan Smith.
This reading is particularly heavy and for me, very heart-piercing. As some of you know I am currently unemployed and we are moving from our house in a couple weeks. Needless to say, we are in a period of transition. Even through all of this stress and uncertainty, God has been so faithful. He has provided for our needs with abundance and provided the most amazing places for me to lead worship!
This reading is all about what happens when God seems far away. When you are going through the desert, when it is pitch black; night. When all seems unclear; when the path is uncertain, it is then that God purifies our soul, in this dark night.
John of the Cross wrote this work in the late 1500’s, entitled A Dark Night of the Soul. In addition to being a good explanation of why sometimes I feel like God is far away, for me this work has been the BEST explanation of the seven deadly sins I have yet come across.
John writes, "After a soul has been converted by God, he cares for and comfots the infant soul by feeding it spiritual milk. But there will come a time when God will bid them to grow deeper. He will REMOVE the previous consolation from the soul in order to teach it virtue and prevent it from developing vice."
In order to keep this post shorter, I will have a separate post for each of the seven  sins: pride, greed, luxury, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth.
The thing to remember about all this discussion is that it is not about more rules, it is about developing a relationship with God (Deut 6:4-6). It is not about feelings and experiences, it is about being made into the image of Christ, Holy and Righteous. (Hebrews 10)