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the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou
restrain" #Ps 76:10
men will be wrathful. We must endure their anger as the badge of our
calling, the token of our separation from them: if we were of the world, the
world would love its own. Our comfort is that the wrath of man shall be made
to effectually lead us to the glory of God. When in their wrath the wicked
crucified the Son of God they were unwittingly fulfilling the divine
purpose, and in a thousand cases the willfulness of the ungodly is doing the
same. They think themselves free, but like convicts in chains they are
unconsciously working out the decrees of the Almighty.
"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shalt find me" #Prov 8:17
Wisdom loves her lovers, and seeks her
seekers. He is already wise who seeks to be wise, and he has almost
found wisdom who diligently seeks her. What is true of wisdom in general is
specially true of wisdom embodied in our Lord Jesus. Him we are to love and
to seek, and we will find Him thus in return we shall enjoy His love.
"For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent" #1Cor 1:19
verse is a threat as far as the worldly-wise are concerned, but to the
simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are for ever trying
to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their
attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own
weight, and their deep-laid plots are found out before their purpose is
accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct, nor will it be while the Lord
lives. If it could have been exterminated it would have perished off the
earth long ago.
"I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God" #Ezek 34:15
Under the divine shepherding saints are fed
to their fullest. The Lord’s children are not fed a windy, unsatisfying
mess of mere human "thought"; but the Lord feeds them with the
solid, substantial truth of divine revelation. There is real nutrient for
the soul in Scripture brought home to the heart by the Holy Spirit. Jesus,
Himself, is the true life-sustaining Food of believers. Here our Great
Shepherd promises that He Himself will give us this sacred nourishment. On
the Lord’s Day, the Good Shepherd comes with his baskets full.
"I will judge between cattle and cattle" #Ezek 34:22
Some are fat and flourishing, and they are
therefore unkind to the feeble. This is a grievous sin, and causes much
sorrow. Those shoving with their side and with their shoulder, those pushing
the diseased with their horns, are a sad means of offense in the assemblies
of professing believers. The Lord takes note of these proud and unkind
deeds, and He is greatly angered by them, for He loves the weak.
for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me #Ps 55:16
I must and will pray. What else is there to do? What can I do better?
Betrayed, forsaken, grieved, baffled, o my Lord, I will call upon you. My
Ziklag is in ashes, but I encourage my heart in the Lord, who will bear me
through this trial as He has borne me through so many others. My Lord Jesus
shall save me; I am sure He will, and I declare my faith.
soul shall be as a watered garden" #Jer 31:12
We are so blessed, to have one’s soul under
heavenly cultivation; no longer a wilderness, but a garden of the Lord!
Enclosed from the destruction, walls of grace, planted by instruction,
visited by love, weeded by heavenly discipline, and guarded by divine power,
our privileged soul is prepared to yield fruit unto the Lord.
"Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow" #2Sam 23:5
is not so much one promise as a collective of promises—a box of pearls.
The covenant is the ark which contains all things.
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you" #1Peter 1:25
human teaching and, indeed, all human beings, shall pass away as the grass
of the meadow; but we are assured that the Word of the Lord is a very
different character, for it shall endure for ever.
"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." Eccl 11:1
We must not expect to see an immediate reward
for all the good we do; nor must we always confine our efforts to places and
persons which seem likely to yield a recompense for our labors. The Egyptian
casts his seed upon the waters of the
now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in
sunder." #Nahum 1:13
a season the Assyrians were allowed to oppress the Lord’s people, but
there came a time for this power to be broken. So, many hearts are held in
bondage by Satan, and are upset deeply under the yoke. We prisoners of hope
find consolation in the word of the Lord. It will come at once,
according to the text, "Now
will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in
shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my
jewels." #Mal 3:17
day is coming in which the crown jewels of our great King Jesus shall be
counted, this accounting must answer whether the inventory which His Father
gave Him is sure. Will you be among the precious things of Jesus? You are
precious to Him if He is precious to you, and "in that day," you
shall be His if He is yours in this day.
Behold, I give unto you power [authority] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -LUKE 10:19
The Greek word exousia means
"authority." However, it is often translated as "power"
in the King James Version of the New Testament. Our verse should read,
"I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all
the power of the enemy..."
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.-1 John 5:14-15
People have remembered John's phrase "according to his will," and they had to pray, "Lord, do this or that, if it be thy will." But inserting this expression into a prayer when God's Word already states that what we're praying for is his will - is confessing that we don't believe God's Word. And that kind of praying will not work.
How can we find out what God's will is?
God's Word is His Will! We can find out God's will for us in the Bible - because the Bible is God's will, His covenant, and His testament. And it is God's will for us to have whatever God has provided for us!
First, we must find the Scripture that reveal God's will for us. Then we can go before God with great boldness: "...this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in Him..." When we pray for things that God's Word tells us are His will, we know that he hears us, we know we have the petitions we ask of Him. We know we have them! Praise God!
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