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“If I had never joined a Church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all! And the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect Church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us . – C.H. Spurgeon
Trust In the Lord at All Hazards
Beloved, if persecution or affliction should come it cannot really harm you. The three Hebrew children, when they came out of the fire, were not scorched or singed; there was not the smell of fire upon their hats, their hosen, or their hair. When God’s people pass through the fires of persecution, they shall not be losers; they shall go through the fires altogether unharmed; nay, they shall win the martyr’s palm and crown, which shall make them glorious forever, even if they die in the flames. Therefore, fear nothing. Nothing shall by any means harm you; in the end your sufferings shall be your enrichment. Though you count not your lives dear unto you, precious shall your blood be in his sight. Besides persecution, there may come to you accident or sudden calamity. Never be afraid. It is half the battle in an accident, to exhibit presence of mind, therefore let the child of God be calm and self-possessed; for although you should suffer in body, your true self will be safe. Though in the tornado, or in the shipwreck, or in cholera, or in fire, you should be placed in outward peril even as others are, yet your real life is insured by the covenant of grace from all injury. Therefore, rest in the Lord, for you shall be safe though a thousand should fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand. If you lose, your loss shall be transmuted into a real gain. Sickness, if sickness comes, shall work your health. God’s children have often been ripened by sickness. They are like the sycamore fig, which never gets sweet until it is bruised. Amos was a bruiser of sycamore figs, and affliction is God’s Amos to bruise us into sweetness. Maturity comes by affliction. Alas! you say, “I have lost a dear friend.” Trust in God, and by Divine friendship the void in your heart shall be more than filled. Have you lost a child? The Lord will be better to you than ten sons (1 Sam.1:8).. Should your father and your mother be taken from you, you shall find them both in Christ, and. be no orphan. Thus doth the promise stand: “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”Trust, then, in the Lord at all hazards. Trust in him in deep waters as well as on the shore.
When the waves are raging, trust your God as well as when the sea is as glass. When the sea roars, and the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, trust in Jehovah without the shade of a doubt, for “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Wherefore should you fear? Your vessel carries Jesus and all his fortune. If you are drowned he cannot swim, he sinks or swims with you; for thus has he put it, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” If your Lord lives, you must live. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words, and go quietly, patiently, happily, joyfully through the world, under divine preservation, since “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” -- C.H.S.
A Nation on Edge
“The nation is on edge” . . . This is what some in the news media are telling us concerning the Coronavirus - "The nation is on edge." I don't know how many are on edge; I doubt there are very many comparatively speaking. What a freedom of heart it is to live in the faith that our Sovereign God rules all things. There is not a grain of sand outside of his control. Everything from Satan to kings to storms to viruses etc. are controlled by the One who calls Himself our God - "I will be their God and they shall be my people" (2 Cor.6:16). How could anyone who can truly say, "This God is my God" be on edge about anything? I know that is easily said. I know there are things that trouble us. I know we are sometime afraid. I know that sometimes our poor souls are like David when he complained, "Why art thou cast down O my soul?" But then he gives the remedy for his cast down-ness, "Hope thou in God." Live in the exercise of faith and hope, and you can live in the freedom that your God in whom you believe and hope controls all things. – Bruce Crabtree