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Relying on Your Own Experience Leads to Spiritual Vertigo

3 December 2007

I woke up on Sunday with the worst case of vertigo I have ever had. I couldn’t get out of bed without help because the very act of sitting up set the room spinning. Today I got out of bed on my own, but I was still listing into walls. This usually gets better once I’ve been in an upright position for a bit. I know exactly which movements will start the room spinning, and I work hard to avoid doing those things.

As I was reading My Utmost for His Highest today, the following struck me, “If your faith is in experiences, any thing that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God.” This reminded me of my own problems with vertigo. The world around me begins spinning because my inner ear is off. It’s telling me one thing and my eyes another and the world seems to spin out of control. As Christians we’re called to keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, but we tend to start looking at things from our own experience and when things don’t go according to how we think they should, our world spins out of control and our faith becomes unsettled. But nothing changes God, so rather than fix our eyes on what we believe by experience to be true, we should always fix our eyes on what we know is always true, Jesus Christ.


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