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Reflections March 2005—The Law of Undulation
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he common experience of all human beings is that life on earth is filled with peaks and valleys. Yet, there is something within all of us that longs, however inarticulately, for a life free from these undulations. For those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, that longing will be satisfied in the world to come. But until then, the ups and downs continue. If we are to continue strongly in our walk with God, it is important to understand why we experience these unwanted alternations in life. C. S. Lewis sheds light on this question through the advice of the senior devil to his nephew in The Screwtape Letters :

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Humans are amphibians—half spirit and half animal. (The Enemy’s determination to produce such a revolting hybrid was one of the things that determined Our Father to withdraw his support from Him.) As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation—the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks. If you had watched your patient carefully you would have seen this undulation in every department of his life—his interest in his work, his affection for his friends, his physical appetites, all go up and down. As long as he lives on earth periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate with periods of numbness and poverty. The dryness and dullness through which your patient is now going are not, as you fondly suppose, your workmanship; they are merely a natural phenomenon which will do us no good unless you

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.5602 • 800. and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life.813. Read m ore We can easily become confused and discouraged in the valleys of life.make a good use of it. please click here. to want w. in the midst of our confusion and discouragement we are more vulnerable to our own sinful impulses and to the snares of the devil. pp. Harper edition 2001. Lewis. Read m ore A Collision of Worlds: Evil Spirits Then and Now What does the Bible have to say about evil spirits? Read..894.. With this reminder of reality.S.9209 • fax 703. Read m ore Login or register to post comments Printer-friendly version 1 About Us Board of Directors Staff Statement of Faith Endorsements Church Affiliations Programs Fellows Journey Heart & Mind C. Escaping the Wiles of the Devil the Antidote to Screwtape’s Snares In this 39 minute video from a series of lectures on C. Part 1 of 2 If we ever hope to make progress as disciples of Jesus–to think as He thought. Lewis Study Basic Apologetics The Aslan Academy Resource Center Audio Video Photo Gallery Other Contact Us Conference & Events Webstore Donate Privacy Policy Site map Online Pay ments Founded in 1976 in the legacy of C. What can we do in such times? When the clouds of life cast a gray shadow over us.S. HarperSanFrancisco.. Suite 301 • Springfield. appetite of the fish. Look to the LORD and his strength.S." please click here.914. Lewis Institute.. As we do so we shall find help to faithfully persevere until better times To view a pdf version of this "Reflections. Website Design & Marketing Company . Built by RevBuilders Marketing: an SEO Company.. J.1072 • www. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. To go to the "Reflections" archives. defend.. the Institute endeavors to develop disciples who will articulate. we can then seek God’s grace to help us in our time of need and also share our burdens with our brothers and sisters. “Reflections” is published monthly by the C. 8001 Braddock Road. 37-38. The Unraveling of the Soul "The devil is a master fisherman: he baits the hook according to the © 2013 C.S. Lewis Institute. Lewis. Lecture 6. The Screwtape Letters ..S.. ©1942. And. seek his face always.cslewisinstitute. VA 22151-2110 • 703. Read m ore Hindrances to Discipleship: The Flesh. S. it is especially important to remind ourselves that what we are experiencing is a normal part of life in a fallen world and that in due course the sun will shine again. The Screwtape Letters. I Chronicles 16:11 (NIV) 1 C.