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sexta-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2015
CONFIDENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
You will not abandon me
to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16.10-11 (read 16.8-11) NIV
This excerpt from the 16th Psalm was used
by Luke in Acts 2:25-33 as a theological argument to reinforce his belief in
the bodily resurrection of Jesus. In contrast to Luke, the psalmist wrote it as
a testimony of his own experience with the Divine. Lucas argued to convince
others of what he believed to be a truth while the Psalmist simply gave witness
of his confidence in the Divine purpose.
The Psalmist was experiencing that which transcended
the limitations of his own mortal life. Like us, he lived in uncertainty,
insecurity, with danger at every corner and the fact that we all die sometime.
If we were to look only at these negative aspects, it would be easy to fall
into pessimism and despair. Without denying our hard realities, he saw another
reality above everything else.
There is a difference between just taking a blow and
being shattered by one. We are all subject to taking blows and to suffering,
whether it is physically, economically, mentally or socially. Faith does not
save us from going through hard times and from death. It is not a denial of threats.
In spite of taking a hit our foundation is firm. We are not annihilated. We
survive to continue. The psalmist speaks of the comfort that can be felt even
during difficult times.
The last word is not disgrace, but grace. Chaos is a
step towards order. Order (grace) has the last word.
The 16th Psalm is the experience of the
psalmist which Luke attributed also to Jesus. But this experience can be for
all of us who experience the presence of a reality beyond the present moment.
The Christian faith, first of all, is a personal
experience, not a set of arguments, a theological system or a series of dogmas;
although we try to explain this experience by these means. It is a big mistake
to try to promote a system of belief rather than to witness to our experience.
It turns out that often we put theory in the place of an experience. We think
that, in the absence of an experience, a theology can be convincing, but we end
up only convincing ourselves!
Today the world needs people who have the ability to
share a hope rather than promote beautiful arguments. Personal witness
"springs" from the heart and causes individual and collective
changes, while arguments come from the head and can generate conflict which can
cause further suffering and injustice.
16:8-11 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at
my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also
will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the