Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Ps 25:8-11 (KJV)
Great is the Lord, God of heaven and earth. He searches the heart of His people to know them that are strong in Him; He perfects all that concerns us. He must prove your worthiness to be part of the New Jerusalem. No sin will be found in heaven no matter how small, nothing unclean will enter the heaven, therefore the Lord will sieves His own.
Sincerely no one likes it rough including me, but narrow is the gate that leads to heaven; no extra baggage is allowed, it just have to be you or you stay off. Just as parents have ways of getting their children to do what is expected of them and an employer has his ways of driving his workers to achieve results so also is our heavenly father has His ways of getting the best out of us. At such a moment what should a child of God do? Come along with me for more insight…read more
“Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy servant?” Numbers 11:11
Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand the test. Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test. It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden.
A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him,” is heaven-born faith. The Lord afflicts His servants to glorify Himself, for He is greatly glorified in the graces of His people, which are His own handiwork. When “tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope,” the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues.
We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed.
The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which His vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified?
There are many other comfortable answers to the question with which we opened our brief meditation, let us muse upon it all day long.
And at the end we will be glad that those affliction worketh out the best in us and we be more dearly and loving before God and men. Though not as easy as presented but we can do all through Him that strengthens us, only if you can trust the Lord that He knows the way. The issues of trust hold or mar relationship either between spouses, parents and child, employer and employee. When my daughter was much younger she can never swallow any food without feeling it with her tongue even when I am feeding her unlike the others. At first I was taken aback that my own child could not trust me but over time I was able to gain her confidence that this is mum she cannot hurt you.
Do you know that we relate same way with God? We refuse to trust Him, no matter how He tries to convince us, but the bible made us to understand that whoever will come to Him must believe that He is and He diligently rewards those that seeks Him
“Now on whom dost thou trust?” Isaiah 36:5
Reader, this is an important question. Listen to the Christian’s answer, and see if it is yours. “On whom dost thou trust?” “I trust,” says the Christian, “in a triune God. I trust the Father, believing that He has chosen me from before the foundations of the world; I trust Him to provide for me in providence, to teach me, to guide me, to correct me if need be, and to bring me home to His own house where the many mansions are.
I trust the Son. Very God of very God is He—the man Christ Jesus. I trust in Him to take away all my sins by His own sacrifice, and to adorn me with His perfect righteousness. I trust Him to be my Intercessor, to present my prayers and desires before His Father’s throne, and I trust Him to be my Advocate at the last great day, to plead my cause, and to justify me. I trust Him for what He is, for what He has done, and for what He has promised yet to do.
And I trust the Holy Spirit—He has begun to save me from my inbred sins; I trust Him to drive them all out; I trust Him to curb my temper, to subdue my will, to enlighten my understanding, to check my passions, to comfort my despondency, to help my weakness, to illuminate my darkness; I trust Him to dwell in me as my life, to reign in me as my King, to sanctify me wholly, spirit, soul, and body, and then to take me up to dwell with the saints in light for ever.”
Oh, blessed trust! To trust Him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution! Happy art thou, reader, if this trust is thine!
So trusting, thou shalt enjoy sweet peace now, and glory hereafter, and the foundation of thy trust shall never be removed.
Is the answer same with yours. Help us o! Lord to put our trust in you and you alone (Hab 3:17).
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu