There are times when my mind almost stands still with all of the good from my Lord and Savior. So many of you are out there and been with me for years. With all of the ups and downs, the rights and wrongs, the wishes for better but worse is straight ahead and yet…………..there are times when daylight springs through the darkness and peace that DOES pass all understanding is right in front for the taking.
In the midst of a move that did not materialize because I would not give up my church for all the things I want to do yet in life, I find that making the decision to leave behind my “wants” and all the other “frustrations” that sometimes shows themselves to me was SOOOOOOOOO right to do,
This morning, over coffee, as I was telling a friend about the past days and weeks, they looked me in the eye and said, “You have the Gift of Helps and you have been put here for this particular time and the Lord has, and the Lord will, use you.” I had no response. But I do know………….none of the things in this world can come close to vying for first place with the Church – The Lord – the work within the church and without. Oh. Of course. They have problems. And if we don’t agree, then we pout and leave. Only one time should that happen and that is if the Bible is not being taught and we are being led out onto a limb, so as to speak.
I remember one time out of frustration on the way home one Sunday night from church where I was the Dir, of the Music Ministries, I said to my husband, “I am going to find a church without any problems and be a part of it”. Without missing a beat my dear husband said, “And when you enter the door the problem will have presented itself.” He was so right. And the same is true with you. We are all alike. There is no such thing as the perfect church, but there is the church whereby the Lord is Lord and the Word is taught and received and then we go out and bring it alive in our communities. The Lord said, “Whom shall I send?” And I said, “Here am I Lord. Send me.”
It is hard to find a church full of love and smiles and know the Lord is working in lives when they are not winning the battle in health problems, but they are sure of Who is in control as they enter their dark, black tunnels from time to time. It is the place I want to be. It is the place where ups and downs are all over the place but handled with the sufficiency of knowing that all is well even when it isn’t!!
I quote Charles Spurgeon so many times. Again today, he speaks to my heart even though he has been gone for a long, long time, yet, his words way back then are as current and up to date, as if he had just written them last night. Here is the devotional for today. Thought you might find comfort in it too. May the Lord bless you as you read…as you sieve through your own attitudes, feelings and frustrations on August 30, 2018.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Faith’s Check Book, Daily Entry
C. H. Spurgeon
Solace, Security, Satisfaction
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. (2 Samuel 23:5)
“This is not so much one promise as an aggregate of promises—a box of pearls. the covenant is the ark which contains all things.
These are the last words of David, but they may be mine today. Here is a sigh: things are not with me and mine as I could wish; there are trials, cares, and sins. These make the pillow hard.
Here is a solace—”He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.” Jehovah has pledged Himself to me, and sealed the compact with the blood of Jesus. I am bound to my God and my God to me.
This brings into prominence a security, since this covenant is everlasting, well ordered, and sure. There is nothing to fear from the lapse of time, the failure of some forgotten point, or the natural uncertainty of things. The covenant is a rocky foundation to build on for life or for death.
David feels satisfaction: he wants no more for salvation or delectation. He is delivered, and he is delighted. The covenant is all a man can desire.
O my soul, turn thou this day to thy Lord Jesus, whom the great Lord has given to be a covenant to the people. Take Him to be thine all in all.”
Thus ends the writing.
In His Grasp, too. Marge