I answered the question before reading the content of the chapter and came up with the same answer.
You say no, and you move away.
Another thing I knew before reading the chapter was that it’s simple yet not easy. Hey, she used those words too.
Humans were meant to rely on God when faced with temptation. Our strength as humans will fail us.
Jim writes Elisabeth after they are apart for a week again.
Every time we have parted it has been harder. I do not want to part with you on this basis again. So I have prayed, quaveringly, that the Lord would not let us see one another again without giving us some assurance of His ultimate goal in relation to us. This parting into “undefined silence” is is terrible.
Don’t I know it.
The thing is I won’t pray for assurance. I thought a had it before. I thought I had a sign from God Himself saying, “this one”. I think that partly contributed to our carelessness. Edward can have assurance if he wants it. I’m praying for by the moment guidance.
Dear Lord, I’m sorry for carelessness I have shown. I knew what was right an didn’t do it. And I hurt Edward in the same time. Dear Lord I ask that you give me what I need to withstand the “undefined silence”. Guide me in how you would want me to go and part Edward and I if that be Your will.