The Unbeliever's Cry


When you sit in darkness long enough

Your eyes become accustomed to it.

Fix your eye upon me all you want--

I’ve tried that. There’s nothing to see.

Show me this light that I read about

in your book years ago

For the sticks I rub together grow hot

but there is no spark.


I am blind

and you hand me a book

with smooth pages

Then curse me

for my lack of comprehension.

I am freezing

and you tell me about the warmth

that a coat can provide.

I am hard pressed and crushed

Perplexed and despaired

Persecuted and abandoned

Death is at work in me.


2 Corinthians 4 (NIV)
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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What a powerful poem, and triumphant scripture!

January 05, 2011 - 10:10

A Godly man whom I know always prays before he preaches: "Lord, break my heart for these people." Similarly, it's a useful perspective for me to try to walk in the shoes of those who don't know Christ and try to feel what they might feel. They often feel the things Paul wrote about but without the hope that the Christian has. Lord, break our hearts for those who don't know You so that we can share the love of Jesus with them.

January 05, 2011 - 09:54
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