• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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  • December 2011
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Believing What Is Right

Quoting Alistair Begg:

“[T]he idea that there are really no substantive differences between religions needs to be held up to careful scrutiny and declared fraudulent. For example, Islam says that Jesus was not crucified. Christianity says He was. Only one of us can be right. Judaism says Jesus was not the Messiah. Christianity says He was. Only one of us can be right. Hinduism says God has often been incarnate. Christianity says God was incarnate only in Jesus. We cannot both be right. Buddhism says that the world’s miseries will end when we do what is right. Christianity says we cannot do what is right. The world’s miseries will end when we believe what is right.” (Made For His Pleasure, 126)

No King But King Jesus

Quoting Founding Fathers John Adams and John Hancock:

“We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! (April 18, 1775)

The Comfort Of Trusting In God’s Providence

In our study of the providence of God, there is one expectation that should be clear to everyone: God expects Christians to have a steady commitment to His glory. This must shape your worldview because it is the guiding principle of your conduct. If God’s glory is accepted as the greatest purpose of your life, then you will be a useful servant to God. Trust God, acknowledge His Word, seek His Wisdom, and His Sovereignty by obeying Him and being thankful for His Providential care. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God has committed His kingdom of providence, as well as of grace, into the hands of our exalted Savior: Jesus Christ has all the power in heaven and earth to give eternal life to as many as are given Him. If providence brings a difficult situation into your life, the love that is in Christ should and will make for a contented spirit until a way of escape is provided. When different and difficult choices must be made; God’s Providence has brought the Christian into such difficulty in order to enhance and grow our love for His Name, His Word, and His Glory. We should always look at these trying circumstances as occasions to wait upon the Lord and to trust in His Providential care.

God’s love for us in Jesus Christ and a realistic understanding that providence is within God’s absolute control, is our affirmation of Christ’s Honor. It will keep our torch of faith from failing and our souls from being bitter because providence seems to have afflicted us. Such conformity in faith is very desirable. Providence brings the effect of God’s Spirit upon the heart and soul.

Too often, Christians wish to see in what providence has provided an immediate message to their personal concerns. Yet the outcome of the work may be years away from understanding its end. Do not long too hard for immediate signs from God. Begin to wait upon the Lord and He will share His Wisdom at just the right time. Often, we are self-deluding when we too quickly see a spiritual answer to our present circumstances.

Christian, if you love God, you must trust in His Providential care. Accept and believe in His Providential care. Know that whatever circumstances may befall you, that His Providence will eventually work it out to your good. Remember Joseph; his trial lasted a good deal longer than a few days, weeks, or months. Years later, he understood God’s plan perfectly.

Love God’s Providence, for it is His love and care for you. Know that you are completely in His hands. He will never let go of you. He will never leave or forsake you. I pray that the comfort of God’s Providential care will fill all of us completely.

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