Saturday, February 18, 2006


Wow, I just read the Spurgeon--Meditation for the morning for today. These seem to be so timely for me. God reveals to me something new each day. This is just what I needed at this time. With the thought of Rob loosing his job (possibly--more likely than not), as much as I try in my own strength to be positive, I need to remember that God will "contend" with us through this time. He is so faithful, even when we are faithless. It reminds me of the scripture;

2 Timothy 2:13--If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he can not disown himself.

My prayer is that I put my faith in Christ, because he CAN and he WILL carry me through this time. He is always here, even when we fail to recognize that. I'm so thankful that we are not saved, or made righteous by any work of ourselves (been there done that). I'd be in a mess. I'm so very thankful for that "imputed righteousness" that we are given at salvation, and for the faith he gives us just to believe on Him and the work He did on Calvary.

February 18 - Morning
"Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me." —Job 10:2
Perhaps, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too often like a glow-worm, showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding darkness. Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Afflictions are often the black foils in which God doth set the jewels of His children's graces, to make them shine the better. It was but a little while ago that on thy knees thou wast saying, "Lord, I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith." Was not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?—for how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised? Depend upon it, God often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence. Besides, it is not merely discovery, real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials. God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians. He trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers, and climb mountains, and walk many a long mile with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs. Well, Christian, may not this account for the troubles through which thou art passing? Is not the Lord bringing out your graces, and making them grow? Is not this the reason why He is contending with you?
"Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there."

1 comment:

Heather said...

Amen...I am always moved in some way by his meditations