Bought by the Blood

December 13, 2009

He Does All Things Well

Filed under: J.C. Ryle,Mark,trials,Trusting God,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 12:28 pm
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“And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.” Mark 7:37

Let us remember it as we look forward to the days yet to come.  We know what they may be, bright or dark, may or few.  But we know that we are in the hands of Him who “doeth all things well.  He will not err in any of  His dealings with us.  He will take away and give – He will afflict and bereave – He will move and He will settle, with perfect wisdom, at the right time, in the right way.  The great Shepherd of the sheep makes no mistakes.  He leaves every lamb of  His flock by the right way to the city of habitation.

We shall never see the full beauty of these words till the resurrection morning.  We shall then look back over our lives, and know the meaning of everything that happened from first to last.  We shall remember all the way by which we were led, and confess that all was “well done.”  The why and the wherefore, the causes and the reasons of everything which now perplexes, will be clear and plain as the sun at noon-day.

-J.C. Ryle

November 29, 2009

Being Where Jesus Would Have Us to Be

“The place that Christians wish to be in, is not always the place which is best for their souls…What we like best is not always best for our souls, that the seed of grace needs winter as well as summer, cold as well as heat, to ripen it for glory…That place and position is most healthful for us in which we are kept most humble-most taught our own sinfulness-drawn most to the Bible and prayer-led most to live by faith and not by sight.  It may not be quite what we like. But if Christ by His providence has placed us in it, let us not be in a hurry to leave it.  Let us therein abide with God.  The great thing is to have no will of our own, and to be where Jesus would have us to be.”

J.C. Ryle

October 8, 2009

When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer As We Desire

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. – Romans 8:26

Image courtesy of Reformation.org

Image courtesy of Reformation.org

Martin Luther on the above verse, taken from his commentary on Romans:

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. (Psalm 38:9)” It is not an evil sign, but indeed the very best, if upon our petitions the very opposite happens to us. Conversely, it is not a good sign if everything is granted to us for which we pray.

The reason for this is the following: God’s counsel and will tower high above our own counsel and will, as we read in Isaiah 55:8, 9:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Hence when we ask anything of God and He begins to hear us, He so often goes counter to our petitions that we imagine He is more angry with us now than before we prayed, and that He intends not to grant us our requests at all.  All this God does, because it is His way first to destroy and annihilate what is in us (our own wisdom and will)  before He gives us His gifts; for so we read in 1 Samuel 2:6: “The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up..”  Through this most gracious counsel He makes us fit for us His gifts and works.  Only then are we qualified for His works and counsels when our own plans have been demolished and our own works are destroyed and we have become purely passive in our relation to Him.

The proud desire to be like God.  They want to place their thoughts not under God, but next to His, just as though they were perfect.  But that is much less possible than for the clay to tell the potter into what shape he should form it.  So we read in Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” But those who have the Holy Spirit do not despair but have faith when they see that the very opposite of what they asked for happens to them.  The work of God must remain hidden in any other form than that which contradicts our thinking and understanding.  Thus God permitted St. Augustine to fall deeper and deeper into error, despite the prayer of his mother, in order to grant her much more in the end than she had asked. This he does with all his saints.

October 3, 2009

The Tapestry of Life

Filed under: Boice,Trusting God,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 9:08 pm
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“The patterns of God are often hard to detect in this life. Have you ever looked at a beautiful piece of tapestry from the wrong side? If you have, you know that the wrong side is a tangle of threads. At times a bit of the pattern can be traced, but it is largely unintelligible and confusing. Yet, when you turn the tapestry over, the pattern is beautiful and clearly apparent. In a similar way, life for us is often a tangle; we see it only from the wrong side. However, we are told that the day is coming when we shall see it from the right side – from God’s perspective – and that in the meantime we are trust Him to work out the pattern.” James Montgomery Boice

November 28, 2008

Psalm 40

Filed under: Character of God,cross,God's Faithfulness,Psalms,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 10:16 pm
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“I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.” Psalm 40:10

One of the things that I want to get back into is writing poetry.  I used to write poetry quite often based on things that God had taught me through His Word.  One of the neat things about glorifying God throug poetry is that it is a chance for me to proclaim God’s deliverance and steadfastness love.  It is a written way for me to proclaim His faithfulness shown to me at the cross.  Recently I wrote a new poem about Psalm 40.

Mt trust is in God
And I wait patiently for Him.
When I cry to His throne,
I am assured He will hear.

My steps are firm because of His grace.
When I couldn’t help myself
He rescued me and gave me a new song
With words to praise and extol His name.

I will tell of all He’s done
For His deeds of love and faithfulness
Are more plentiful than the stars in the sky,
None can compare to Him.

He is my help and deliverance.
At the cross I rejoice and find my gladness,
Continually “Great is the LORD” is on my lips
As your law dwells in my heart.

Even when His will is not mine,
Doing my Father’s will is my delight,
So that many will see and fear
And put their trust in the Lord.

April 5, 2008

Prayer for the Broken Hearted

Filed under: Character of God,God's Wisdom,Pain,Suffering,Will of God — cubsfan1980 @ 11:11 am
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Most high and awesome God,
Your will is perfect and true,
In it there are no flaws.

At times  I do not understand your will
And find myself ensnared by my pride
With the lie that my will is better.
Renew my mind by Your Word,
So that I can take every thought captive
And conform my will to yours.

Even at times when your will is painful,
Help me to look to the cross,
History’s greatest moment of tragedy,
So I can recall how you use suffering for good
And sovereignly orchestrate all things for your glory.

Because you are glorious I can hope in you.
When your will is not mine
I do not rage against you,
I am still for I know you are God.

Your will is excellent and beautiful,
On my vision is marred at times,
But your truth and character never changes
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!*

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