“Help me to see
how good Thy will is in all,
and even when it crosses mine
teach me to be pleased with it.”
– The Valley of Vision
Is that our prayer today? Can we honestly and earnestly plead, as our Savior did, “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done.”
Samuel Rutherford once explained, “If you saw Him, who is standing on the shore, holding out His arms to welcome you to land, you would not only wade through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself, to be at Him.”
Dear Savior, help me understand
Your all-sufficient grace,
That in each trial I might stand
And view Your blessed face.
Dear Shepherd guide me through each day
Through rain and storm or sun;
And teach my heart to always say,
‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’
“It is not doing the things we like to do,
but liking the things we have to do,
that makes life blessed.”
“If we face the Son,
all shadows will be behind us,
but if we turn our back to the Son,
the shadows will be before us.”
– William Barkley
Jonathan Goforth, a Canadian missionary to China, was first a missionary at home. Here is a story related by a friend of his:
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]O[/su_dropcap]n one occasion, Goforth was scheduled to speak at a certain place on Sunday. When about to leave for the station he found he had only sufficient money to buy a ticket one station short of where he was to speak. At once he decided to get his ticket to that station and walk the rest of the way, a distance of ten miles. This he did. When about eight miles of his foot-journey had been covered he came upon a group of road-menders sitting by the roadside. Glad to rest, he sat down among them. … It was not long before he had the ears and hearts of his audience. On leaving he gave all a hearty invitation to his meeting the following day. To his great joy several of the men turned up. And at least one of these men decided for Christ that day.
How can you turn an inconvenience into an opportunity for the gospel this week?
Quote Taken from Jonathan Goforth by Rosalind Goforth.
“Every morning lean your arms
on the windowsill of heaven
and gaze upon your God;
then, with that vision in your heart,
turn strong to face the day.” – Unknown
“If we could but see things that will be, we should be ashamed of our
thoughts of things that are.” – Matthew Henry
Just as in earthly friendships so with Christ, the more time we spend with Him, the more we will learn to look at things like He does. When we think like Christ we will gain His eternal perspective and our thoughts of things that are will begin to change.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9