Excellent question! Mr Murphy, would you say it’s more like Jesus saying that our Heavenly Father will give us all things that we ask for in His name; and James saying that if we lack wisdom, we should ask of God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault? We never get more than what we need to do the task at hand, that God would have us to do–so the “all” refers to specific things. In the “Till We Have Faces” thread, there’s a lot that the protagonist doesn’t know–but with repentance and seeking the mirror of God’s face, we learn more about ourselves and allow Him to destroy the dross and rebuild us from scratch, till we want to learn and do what only He wants us to do. What do you think?
As far as confusion–it depends on what you mean by that.
I read of a book once that summarized the reason for church splits to be excessively strong personalities in one of three directions:
- excessively legalistic
- excessively evangelistic
- excessively kind/loving
Each one of these was to the detriment of the others, which could be balanced.
in Orual’s case in the “Faces” thread, she thought she was right, and railed against others and the gods–then realized that she was wrong. It’s sort of a myth of repentance; but a counterplay in the book, I think, is that not only was she wrong, but the gods were kind and patient to her till she could look at herself in the mirror. It’s easy enough for us to point out the speck in our brother’s eye, but when we realize that we’ve got a plank (or that God has forgiven us more than we could ever forgive others), that we can have God’s grace to deal with our foibles. So maybe it’s not wisdom or materials we lack, but primarily actually God’s grace and patience to deal with the learning phase of this earthly toil–and that’s the foundation for becoming more like Him. Thanks for your patience (and that of others) with me.