I cannot get enough of this book! When God Isn’t There by David Bowden is like air I’ve been needing that I didn’t know was missing. It’s painful to put it down each day after just one chapter. I want to devour this book in one sitting and I want to savor each thought and word and make it become a living part of me – filling my heart and mind with its messages of good news and hope and love. What an awesome God we have who has created us and continues to preserve us day by day and moment to moment!
And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel. Mosiah 4:11, Book of Mormon
God is all of these things and His ways are perfect. I can see that after chapter two. I get caught up in my pride and my vision of God’s love and majesty and loving design of the plan for our redemption gets lost along the way. I start thinking “me” and “I” and forget and get angry about God being in charge of and the creator of ALL good – including the good in me. I want to just be considered good, not that God’s influence is what makes me good. I see it now though. It does make sense and I can truly see that I am nothing before Him – I am created by Him, my very breath is given by Him, and I continue to live by His choosing. None of those come from my efforts. I feel Light as a feather and I can’t wait for chapter three!!