Believer’s Daily Treasure

Affliction Succeeded by Glory

For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison

[2 Cor 4:17 NET]

All trials and sorrows the Christian prepare

For the rest that remaineth above;

On earth tribulation awaits him, but there

The smile of unchangeable love.

Today With God

Now all the Jews know the way I lived from my youth, spending my life from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem.

[Acts 26:4 NET]

It is a great thing when a man can confidently appeal to his own past. Paul could challenge his enemies to find anything against him from his youth up. The only way we can be ready to make such appeal is to watch all our years, from the youngest.

It is a great thing when a man has a religion about which he is sure. Too many people’s religion is vague. Paul knew Him whom he trusted. He knew that He was the Messiah, the Saviour, and told Agrippa why he knew it, and why he had given his life to witnessing for Christ to all men.

Some people talk in these days as if the thought of the raising of the dead is incredible. Paul did not think it an incredible belief. God has all power – can He not bring up from death those who have died? If He can create from nothing, can He not bring back the dead?

Jesus gave Paul no time for grief over his terrible mistake. “Arise, and stand upon thy feet!” He was to show his penitence not in tears, but by service.

Blessings

He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.

[Isa 40:29 NET]

The Lord often gives his people power to take a longing, languishing look at the blood and righteousness of Jesus; to come to the Lord, as “mighty to save,” with the same feelings with which Esther went into the presence of the king—“I will go in, and if I perish, I perish.” It is with them sometimes as with the four lepers who sat at the entering in of the gate of Samaria—“And they said one to another, Why sit here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there—and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians—if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die” (2 Kings 7:3, 4). And so the Lord’s people are sometimes brought to this state—“If I perish, I will perish at his footstool.” If he gives no answer of mercy, they will still cling to his feet, and beseech him to look upon, and save them.

Now this is “power,” real power. Despair would have laid hold upon their soul, if this secret power had not been given to them. Sometimes we learn this by painful experience. Our trials sometimes stun us, and then there is no power to seek or pray. But when power is given, there is a pleading with the Lord, a going out of the heart’s desires after him, and a fulfillment in the soul of the experience described by the prophet, “I will wait upon the Lord, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.”

God gives power also to believe; for it is the work of the blessed Spirit to raise up living faith in the heart. He gives power to hope; for it is only so far as he communicates power, that we can cast forth this anchor of the soul. He gives power to love; for it is only as he gives power, that we feel any measure of affection either to the Lord or to his people. In a word, every spiritual desire, every breath of fervent prayer, every movement of the soul heavenward, every trusting in God’s name, relying on his word, and hanging upon his promises, spring out of power communicated by the Lord to the faint and feeble.

Never Alone

To this end I also labor, striving according to [Christ’s] working which works in me mightily.

[Colossians 1:29]

Recommended Reading

Mark 16:20

As children, we hated having to go places alone without the security of a parent—like walking into a new school building alone on the first day of school. Little has changed. As adults we still fear being alone—in times of trouble or crisis or discouragement, when facing responsibilities and challenges that only we can undertake. God noticed the unnatural state of aloneness shortly after creating Adam (Genesis 2:18).

There’s another way that little has changed: the presence of Christ with those who follow and serve Him. Before His death, resurrection, and ascension, Christ was always with His disciples. He taught them, modeled life for them, and trained them. After His ascension, His physical presence changed but not His spiritual presence. By the presence of His Spirit, He was with them as much as He had been. Paul gave testimony to this fact more than once (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:29). Jesus promised He would be with His disciples (Matthew 28:20), and He was (Mark 16:20).

If you are Christ’s, He is with you in every situation of your life. You never have to go anywhere or do anything alone.

The problem with atheism is having nobody to talk to when you are alone.

~ Unknown ~

Quiet Time

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,

[1 John 2:15 NET]

If you will go to the banks of a little stream, and watch the flies that come to bathe in it, you will notice that, while they plunge their bodies into the water, they keep their wings high out of the water; and, after swimming about a little while, they fly away with their wings unwet through the sunny air. Now, that is the lesson for us. Here we are immersed in the cares and business of the world; but let us keep the wings of our soul, our faith and our love, out of the world, that, with these unclogged, we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.

~ J. Inglis ~