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“Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.”
“Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.”
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.”
God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised, sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
God has not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He has not told us, we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
God has not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.
But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love!
“God will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever!”
~Annie J. Flint, 1919
HT: Grace Gems
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us! God is love.”
(1 John 4:16)
The sweeter the truth–the more backward we often are to receive and believe it. Therefore it must be presented to us again and again. What is more pleasant, than the fact that “God is love”?
Yet so quickly we doubt it, or forget it, or fail to realize it. Therefore the Gospel presents it to us again and again, and in almost every possible form. Twice within the scope of a few verses, John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16).
Belief in this portrayal of God lies at the root of our holiness, happiness, and peace. To the extent that we believe that “God is love”–we will . . .
consecrate ourselves to His service,
enjoy peace in our consciences,
and be happy in His ways.
God loves us, and therefore He planned our salvation, sending His one and only Son to take away our sins by the sacrifice of Himself. He also sent His Holy Spirit to teach us our need of Christ and lead us to Him. And, finally, He has put His blessed Word in our hands so that through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope.
God loves us–and therefore He . . .
strips us, and
He will not let us live satisfied without Himself.
God is love–therefore He has provided an atonement for all our sins. His justice is satisfied, and Heaven is prepared for us!
Yes, though we were sinners by nature, and deeply feel it–though we are not all that we wish to be, and deeply deplore it–yet God loves us!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, who in His love and in His pity has redeemed me!
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins!”
(1 John 4:10)
~James Smith, “Comfort for Christians!”
HT: Grace Gems
A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all
circumstances would always say “My king, do not be discouraged, because
everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes!”
One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king.
His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from
losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman
asked “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost
The slave replied: “My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you
that God is good, and he knows why these things happened. What God does is
perfect. He is never wrong!”
Outraged by the response, the King ordered the slave arrested.
Later, the King left for another hunt, this time alone. He was captured by
savages who engaged in human sacrifices.
On the altar and ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages discovered
that their victim did not have one of his fingers. According to them, only a
whole person with all his/her parts intact could be offered to the gods. The
King without a finger was deemed an abominable sacrifice for their gods. So
they released the King.
Upon his return to the palace, the King authorized the release of his slave.
He received the slave affectionately and said to him, “My dear, God was
really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a
single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why
did he allow me to put you in jail?”
The slave answered, “My King, if I had gone with you on this hunt, I would
have been sacrificed instead because I have no missing finger. Remember
everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong. He made you keep me in
jail so I would not be with you on the hunt.”
[With the coming election and momentous choice for our nation as to the
future direction of America, we need a reminder that, “Everything God does
is perfect. He makes no mistakes.”]
It is astonishing that such a worm should be
so favored with discoveries of His beauty–whom
glorified saints and angels gaze with ineffable
delight. But, after all, I know not a thousandth
part of what He is, and what I have in Him.
Surely Christ is all!
How little, how verily nothing, am I.
Oh! that my lips, my life, and every action–
might speak His praise and glorify His name,
who is a Heaven to me!
~Ruth Bryan, ‘Gleanings from the Inner Life”
HT: Grace Gems
“As your days–so shall your strength be.”
Sufficient to each day are the duties to be
done–and the trials to be endured. God never
built a Christian strong enough to carry today’s
duties and tomorrow’s anxieties piled on the
top of them!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each
day has enough trouble of its own.”
HT: Grace Gems
Meditating on the glorious truths in this song, especially the stanza that says, ‘When through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more.’
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
From JMac’s teaching on Ephesians 1:3…
We go to God and we say Oh God, I need more love, I just want You to give me more love. And the Bible already says “That the love of God is shed abroad in your heart.” You say Oh, don't need that. Lord, what I need is peace, I'm so distressed. And Jesus said when He left: “My peace I leave with you not as the world giveth give I unto you, never let your heart be troubled.” Oh I got that too? Right Well, what I need is I need joy, I'm unhappy. No, read John 15, He said that He was going to leave His joy in us that our joy might be, what? Full. Oh, I don't need that either? No. Oh, I know what I need, I need strength. No. You can already do all things through Christ who already strengthens you. You see, we spend a lot of time asking for what we've got. You say Well, What am I supposed to ask for? James said ~ ask for wisdom and wisdom is the sense not to ask for what you've got. You see, God has already dispensed to us all spiritual blessing. All blessing connected to the Spirit. And people say Well, have you received the second blessing? I always say Yes. And the 5,000th too all when I received Christ I received how many? All spiritual blessings.
I have all that I need. Praise God!
Happy 17th BabyGirl!
a verse from Scripture~
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
family gathering in Pittsburgh * ice hockey win * home school Spring Formal * yard work * Sunday dinner with family
a view beyond the front porch~
tulips ready to bloom * violas * wild dogwoods dotting the forest
from the garden~
herb plot planted * Brussels sprouts & black-eyed peas in * three more beds to go
around the kitchen~
meals to plan * dishes to wash * a puppy patiently waiting for her chow
off week * lots of ‘Home Ecc’ projects * field trip to FBI Academy
Slave by John MacArthur
at the morning watch~
JMac: Islam and the 7 year Tribulation
thinking about the week ahead~
tidy desk * rainy days ~ get back to parlor prep * sunny days ~ work in veggie garden beds
one of my favorite things~
seeing something I’ve planted actually survive and thrive =)
Have a lovely week!