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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

72- External Circumstances

 

St-Takla.org Image: Alfred Stevens - 1823-1906, A Stormy Night صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ليلة عاصفة: الفنان ألفريد ستيفنز، 1823-1906

St-Takla.org Image: Alfred Stevens - 1823-1906, A Stormy Night

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: ليلة عاصفة: الفنان ألفريد ستيفنز، 1823-1906

8- External Circumstances

As an example of such cases is Gideon. When his faith weakened concerning the care of God, the angel told him “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!" Gideon said to Him, "O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, `Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?' But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites”? (Judges 6:12-13).

In this way, the faith may weaken if the distress lasted long or if it became stronger.

The faith of the disciples weakened and they doubted when the waves of the sea broke over the boat, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. They told the Lord “Do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38-40).

When the Israelites stayed long in the service of Pharaoh they were discouraged and their faith in salvation weakened (Ex. 4:1).

There is another dangerous reason that weakens the faith:


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