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Learning To Lean
I thank Thee, Lord, for shattered dreams,
For overwhelming torrent streams
That swept away the very thing
To which I might have learned to cling.
I thank Thee, Lord, for trials sore,
That taught me how to trust Thee more;
For when I found no other stay,
I learned to lean on Thee each day.
By Edna F. Sorrell
Published in Our Hope Magazine, 1949
In Every Thing
The child of God does not let a day go by, surely, in which he does not
lift up his heart in thanking Him for His manifold blessings, bestowed
in measureless grace, not only day after day, but hour after hour.
As we delight ourselves in the Lord, we cannot help but praise Him
many times daily for His mercies. How good He is to us always!
Yes, we thank Him for His goodness-- the goodness that we can see,
the blessings that we know as blessings. But do we thank Him for
the trials, the heartaches, the disappointments! Are we as ready to
praise Him when things go wrong as when they go exactly right?
We do not speak of praising God in generalities, but of thanking
Him sincerely for the very trials and sorrows that beset us? George
Matheson, Scottish preacher whose eyesight became dim, put it this
way: "My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn. I have
thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my
thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get
compensated for my cross, but I have never thought of my cross
as itself a present glory. Teach me the value of my thorn."
May the Lord teach us the value of the unpleasant things that comes
upon us, the unwanted circumstances of life. It is so easy to thank
Him for the roses. But it is not easy, is it, to give Him praise and
thanksgiving for the thorns? Yet the way to know the peace of God
is to see His hand and His love in the thorny places, and to thank
Him for them.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known
unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Anxious for nothing, prayerful for every thing, thankful
for any thing-- herein comes the peace of God, through Christ Jesus.
~Published in Our Hope Magazine, July 1949, pg.6
Charles Spurgeon said,
"Any man can sing in the day
but only God can give songs in the night!"
"The way of trying whether you are a good soldier
is to go down to the battle: the way to try whether
a ship is well built is, not merely to order the
surveyor to examine her, but to send her to sea:
a storm will be the best test of her staunchness."
Knowing this, that the trying of
your faith worketh patience.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept
by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be
revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though
now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through
manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being
much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though
it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and
honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though
now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory
H.A. Ironside's commentary of 1Peter 1:3-8:
"Salvation in its complete sense includes the redemption of the
body. In view of this blessed hope we are enabled to rejoice even
though now for a season, if need be, we are in heaviness of spirit
because of the many trials to which we are exposed. There is a
‘need be’(1:6) for every sorrow that the Christian is called upon to
endure. Are we willing to trust the wisdom of God and to allow Him
to plan our lives as He sees fit? Faith must be tested, otherwise it could
not be verified. So we need not fear when our faith is exposed to trial
that it indicates any displeasure on God’s part toward us. Rather it
indicates His deep concern for us. For just as gold is tried in the fire in
order to separate it from the dross, so faith, which is much more
precious than gold that perisheth, must be tested in order that it may
be found unto praise and honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus
Christ from heaven. ‘Precious’ is one of Peter’s special words. He writes
of the precious trial of faith (I Peter 1:7) ...Are we as ready to suffer
for the sake of our blessed Lord as we are to profit by His sufferings
on our behalf? Even the philosophic worldling can endure suffering
without complaining, but it is only the regenerated one who can glory
in tribulation. Just as gold is purified by the fire that consumes dross,
so God uses trial and suffering to separate the believer from those
things that hinder fellowship with God and growth in the spiritual life.”
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened
unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of
Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed,
ye may be glad also with exceeding joy
Bible Expositor, A.C. Gaebelein, wrote:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His Riches
in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:19). This is the treasure from
which we can draw. Oh that we might remember it each time we
bow our knees and address the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
How poor and feeble our words are! Our petitions often sound
as if they were addressed to a God, who is limited in His power
or unwilling to shower His fullest blessing upon us. The difficulty
with us is that we look too much to ourselves, to our failures,
to our own struggling experience, and not enough to Him who is
our Lord in Glory and the riches of glory, which are for us. How
different our prayers would be if, before we approach Him, we
would meditate first on Himself and the riches of glory, which are
now on our side! Praise would burst forth from our lips and His
Spirit would fill us. Let us reckon with these riches of His glory,
the riches of Himself displayed in Christ, in His Cross, in His
presence at His own right hand; and may we constantly remember
that our Father wants us to lay claim to them. And if we do that
we shall indeed be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the
inner man. The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. He is the Spirit
of power. He is with us and in us to strengthen us. And if the
Spirit of God is ungrieved in our hearts, He will constantly
direct our attention to Him, who is altogether lovely. He reveals
to our hearts "the Riches of His Glory" ever shining from the
Word of God, the full display of God in the Person of His Son
and all His Riches. It is then, when He does this work in us,
that we are strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.
F. B. Meyer said:
"Believe that He is there between you and your difficulty, and
what baffles you will flee before Him, as clouds before the gale."
When nothing whereon to lean remains,
When strongholds crumble to dust;
When nothing is sure but that God still reigns,
That is just the time to trust.
Tis better to walk by faith than sight,
In this path of yours and mine;
And the pitch-black night, when there's no outer light
Is the time for faith to shine.
"Things that hurt and things that mar
Shape the man for perfect praise;
Shock and strain and ruin are
Friendlier than the smiling days."
"Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise,
in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he
should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father's house."
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
"Believe God's word and power, more than you believe your own
feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the
Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea." --Samuel Rutherford
That is so true. Jesus remains the same.
He does not change with our circumstances.
He remains our Rock. Even though the storms may come
and the sea waves toss violently about, our faith is in Christ alone.
Corrie Ten Boom used to say, "There is no panic in Heaven." God is still
on the Throne. He can help us through every trial and will see us through
every situation in our lives. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my
yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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