Pondering for Friday, November 22, 2019

Readings for Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis: Apologist and Spiritual Writer  (22 November 1963)

Psalm 139:1-9 1 Peter 1:3-9  John 16:7-15

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

Today we remember C. S. Lewis.  CS Lewis did in fact receive new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  Lewis was transformed similarly like that of Saul to Paul as he traveled to Damascus.  The below is taken from Great Cloud of Witnesses for November 22.

Lewis writes, “Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully,” he later wrote of his conversion to theism in Surprised by Joy. “Dangers lie in wait for him on every side . . . Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about ‘man’s search for God.’ To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat. You must picture me all alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” Two years later, his conversion was completed: “I know very well when, but hardly how, the final step was taken. I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out, I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo, I did.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for November 22)

Even though CS Lewis spent time in his study alone, his work challenged God’s attempt for his attention.  However, sitting in a car left him open to God in Christ Jesus to make Himself known to him.  Lewis had to be still to know that God is God as Psalm 46 says. Or to quote Blaise Pascal: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

I believe such stillness is prayer, the sincerest form of prayer.  Prayer is our responding to God, not us initiating a call to God.  God always seeks us first.  If a person with the intellect of CS Lewis is brought to the realization of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, why can’t everybody else? We just have to be still and know that God is God.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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