Archive for March 2009

The Purpose of the Valley

March 19, 2009

God gives us the vision [of the divine viewpoint of who we are, and of our walk before Him], then He takes us down to the valley to better us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us will be made real if we will have patience …

God has to take us into the valley and … until we get to the place where He can trust us with the genuine reality … The vision is not a castle in the air, but a vision of what God wants you to be. Let Him put you on His [potter’s] wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process … all noble things are difficult.

Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common-sense circumstances that flatly contradicts your faith. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense; they stand in the relation of the natural and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture heroically on Jesus Christ’s statements when the facts of your common-sense life shout, “It’s a lie!”? On the mount it is easy to say, “Oh, yes, I believe God can do it”; but you have to come down into the valley and meet with facts that laugh ironically at the whole of your mount-of-transfiguration belief. Every time my belief is clear to my own mind, I come across something that contradicts it. Let me say I believe God will supply all my need, and then let me run dry, with no outlook, and see whether I will go through the trial of faith, or whether I will sink back to something lower.

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into personal possession only through conflict … The final thing is confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith … Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
My Utmost for His Highest

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Jigsaw Puzzle of Life

March 19, 2009

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Our experiences resemble a jigsaw puzzle … When it is all ready, we shall find that the dark pieces of the puzzle were as important in the completion of the full beauty of the pattern as the brightest sections. The dark background will only bring out in bolder and more gorgeous relief the figures in the picture, in the center of which will be His lovely face.

M.R. DeHaan (1891-1965)
Broken Things
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Trust in the Lord

March 19, 2009

Trust in the Lord and your way will be made clear. Frustration comes when things aren’t progressing according to our plans. But our timetable isn’t the one which guides the flow of our lives. Relax!

We can be fretful through our day or we can have fun – either way our Father will accomplish His purpose for us. Don’t fret just because He won’t align Himself with your timing!

During the waiting process, during the frustrations caused by your own drivenness, God is at work, accomplishing in you and in your circumstances all that needs to be done. So relax. Don’t worry. He knows and understands your schedule and your commitments, but He has His own agenda. Will you submit yours to Him?

God will accomplish what needs to be done in His way and according to His timing. Rest in Him. Your responsibility is not to reach your goal, but to be a willing vessel in His hand. Your goal is to be one of trusting in Him and waiting patiently.

Relax. Your Father is not limited by time demands. So savor every moment of each day. Urgent needs will be with you always. Don’t miss the joy of these days by self-imposed demands. Your loving Father makes no demands, but gently leads you to accomplish the things He has purposed for you to do.

On His last night in the world, Jesus said to His Father, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have accomplished what You gave Me to do.” Yet He never rushed or became stressed by His schedule even once.

Your works have been prepared in advance (Ephesians 2:10). It’s really not even up to you to accomplish them. In reality, He has already performed all our works for us (“Lord, Thou wilt ordain peace for us: for Thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” – Isaiah 26:12). Our role is to rest in Him and act according to His guidance and empowerment, leaving the results entirely up to Him.

Steve McVey
Grace Walk

In Spite of Our Circumstances

March 19, 2009

Now, we can all better tolerate our miserable lot in life if we know that it will finally blossom forth into glory beyond imagining. In the light of this knowledge, we can glorify and honor God in spite of our circumstances.

Allan Ernest Chevrier
Whatever Became of Melanie? (2005), p. 155

Seeing Things as They Are

March 19, 2009

Here is the great truth that, only when we see things in the light of God, do we see things as they are. It is only when we see things in the light of God that we see what things are really important, and what things are not. Things which seem vastly important, things like ambition, prestige, money and gain, lose all their value and importance when they are seen in the light of God … Things which seem evil: hardship, toil, discipline, unpopularity, even persecution, are seen in their glory when they are seen in the light of God.

William Barclay (1907-1978)
The Revelation of John (1961), Vol. II, p. 276


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