Where You Belong

Where You Belong "That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ...." 1 Peter 4:11 God seems sometimes to waste his saints according to our viewpoint, putting them into what seem most useless places, not at all in keeping with their gifts and "possibilities." Most promising ones he may remove early and eagles he sometimes appears to put on hummingbird nests. But he is not concerned with putting us where we can best demonstrate our ability nor even where we can be of most read more...

Consider Jesus

Consider Jesus "... consider him...." Heb. 12:3 The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is an impressive roll-call of faith's heroes but the list is complete only when Christ is considered. It is ever thus. No life is great that does not point to Christ. These great names from Abel through the prophets are but sign-posts that lead at last to him. It is so with Scripture. In these pages many verses are called to mind. Start from any of them and the path leads to him. "They are they which testify of read more...

LONELY DAYS

LONELY DAYS He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5. The disciples forsook our Lord, and no man stood with Paul at his trial. But the apostle adds, "Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me..." (2 Timothy 4:17). There is no greater test than day-by-day loneliness when loved ones are no longer by our side and friends are busy with problems of their own. The long night when we long for the vanished hand and the sound of the voice that is still; read more...

Adjustment

Adjustment 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. As we sleep in the darkness, and we wake up and the light is turned on, it takes a moment before our eyes can get adjusted. This is not due to a problem with the light, but because we have been in darkness longer than we have been in the light. It is easier to sleep , easier to stumble, and to sink into doubt in read more...

The Unseen Captain

The Unseen Captain As captain of the host of the Lord am I now come (Josh. 5:14). With Jordan behind him and Jericho before him, Joshua was no doubt pondering the seriousness of his situation when he met his heavenly ally against the host of his adversaries. I remember a great sermon by Dr. Paul Rees based on this meeting and it had three points: There was a heritage to be received... A hindrance to be removed... A Helper to be recognized. We tend to count our adversaries and forget our read more...

LONELY DAYS

LONELY DAYS He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5. The disciples forsook our Lord, and no man stood with Paul at his trial. But the apostle adds, "Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me..." (2 Timothy 4:17). There is no greater test than day-by-day loneliness when loved ones are no longer by our side and friends are busy with problems of their own. The long night when we long for the vanished hand and the sound of the voice that is still; read more...

Placement in His presence

Placement in His presence. John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Amazing where we find Mary each time she is in the presence of Jesus. It was not being cumbered about material matters. In Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her, this showing her choice was at His read more...

I Have Set My Face

I Have Set My Face" For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed" (Isa. 50:7). So wrote Isaiah concerning God's suffering servant, and when that suffering servant came to earth "...he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51). Throughout the Word of God, the heroes of faith were men who set their faces like a flint. Caleb "...wholly followed the Lord God" (Josh. read more...

ALL THE DAYS

ALL THE DAYS Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20. Alway means "all the days," any day, every day. There will be days when we are not conscious of God's presence, when it may seem that He has forgotten us, but He is there although we perceive Him not. Christ lives in the believer's heart and the Holy Spirit is alongside us to help. There are no exceptions—any day, every day, all the days—the promise holds. This day, today, is the day the Lord hath made. Let us read more...