God Allows the Storms
February 25 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers
Maybe you’ve been at a place in your life when everything seemed just perfect. You were sailing along – perhaps like the disciples the night they were in a boat before a storm hit (see Matthew 14:22-27). Just hours before they had seen their Master feed five thousand and they were left with a sense of exhilaration and power. After all, they were following a miracle-worker.
And then…it happened. The winds became boisterous, the rains poured, and water filled the boat. Yet, this storm did not take the Wave-Walker, the Lord Jesus, by surprise. After He fed the 5,000, He sent them on the journey. “And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away” (Matthew 14:22).
The disciples were not there because they were out of the will of God; they were there because they were in the will of God. Perhaps right now, you are in the eye of the storm and it looks like your little boat is sinking. Let me tell you something: There is nothing that comes to you that He does not cause or allow. God has not relinquished His rule upon His universe.
Ye shall be named the priests of the Lord. (Isaiah 61:6)
This literal promise to Israel belongs spiritually to the seed after the Spirit, namely, to all believers. If we live up to our privileges, we shall live unto God so clearly and distinctly that men shall see that we are set apart for holy service and shall name us the priests of the Lord. We may work or trade as others do, and yet we may be solely and wholly the ministering servants of God. Our one occupation shall be to present the perpetual sacrifice of prayer, and praise, and testimony, and self-consecration to the living God by Jesus Christ.
This being our one aim, we may leave distracting concerns to those who have no higher calling. “Let the dead bury their dead.” It is written, “Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers,” They may manage politics, puzzle out financial problems, discuss science, and settle the last new quibbles of criticism; but we will give ourselves unto such service as becomes those who, like the Lord Jesus, are ordained to a perpetual priesthood.
Accepting this honorable promise as involving a sacred duty, let us put on the vestments of holiness and minister before the Lord all day long.
Christ is the true friend
Christ is the true friend to all believers, who sticks closer than a brother. To Him therefore let us show ourselves friends.
True wisdom from God is the principle thing. It is that which recommends us to God, which beautifies the soul, which enables us to answer the ends of our creation, to live to some good purpose in the world and which makes our path brighter and brighter until we get to heaven at last.
Striking Facts: v. 18. The Christian walks in a way of light. Christ is their way and Christ is the light. They are guided by the Bible which is a light to their feet.
The author Calvin Miller in his book Once Upon A Tree put it this way: “Fields of suburban Christians migrate from congregation to congregation, propelled by a wanderlust for the greatest Christian show on earth. This ecclesiastical restlessness thwarts the holy work of God’s saving community. The saving work of our Savior cannot prosper while his community wanders in search of something glitzy to fill its shallow heart. The reverbs and amps and colored spots of contemporary worship can come to focus on a plastic discipleship where shepherds replace their crooks of pastoral care with vaudeville hats and canes.
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