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We Have An Advantage in the Reality Gap

March 10, 2011

So how do you stay strong in the midst of the reality gap, when you find yourself drowning in painful feelings, dire circumstances, or broken relationships? The answer is simple – at least in theory. You cling to the promises of God and the God of the promises. You don’t have to understand; you just have to cling.

That is the lesson that Abraham had to learn. Like so many of us, he had to learn the lesson not once, not twice, but repeatedly. It took him a while to catch on. But we have an advantage over Abraham. We have the whole history of God’s faithful dealings with his people, recorded in the Scriptures for our instruction. What is more, God’s promises to us have been signed and sealed in the broken body and shed blood of Christ. Abraham had to leave his home and his family on the strength of the bare word of God’s call. We have this fruther assurance:  “[God] did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).

Iain Duguid, Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham, 14.

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