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Mere Circumstances, and More

July 17, 2015

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While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are age-lasting (II Corinthians 4:18).

The trials, severe as they may be at times, are just circumstances. Our English word “circumstance” is a compound word derived from “circum” (around; surrounding) and “stance” (to stand). Our circumstances are those things standing around us, those things which surround our walk.

We must remember that the events in our lives do not constitute who we are – they are merely the things that surround us in our walk. However, they are more than mere circumstances. Because Father has ordained them in our lives, they are thus divine circumstances. They are divine tests designed to be the pressing of Father’s hand to mold us into His grand purpose.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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July 7, 2015

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Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42).

Often, we don’t know what’s really best. What seems to us like a great heartache and devastating loss, God has in His love and wisdom determined to be to our advantage.

As our Lord Jesus Christ faced the agonizing prospects of Calvary, it caused Him tremendous trepidation. His entire being recoiled at the thoughts of what He was about to face and experience. It produced deep agony in His heart and soul.

And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44).

His prayer to Father was for deliverance, that the cup of Calvary would pass from Him; but this would not be Father’s will. Father had a grander plan that included a journey up Golgotha’s shameful hill – and Father always knows best.

All of us who know the result of the story are thankful that God did not allow this cup to pass from our Lord. Indeed, this cup was at the center of Father’s purpose for the ages. We are thankful that our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t resist Father’s will, but rather learned obedience to His all-knowing, all-wise and all-loving destiny.

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered (Hebrews 5:8).

He humbled Himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake (Philippians 2:8).

We, too, as sons of God, are being fashioned into the image of Christ, for this is our divine destiny (Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:21; I John 3:2); and we, like Christ, must learn obedience through suffering. This is Father’s path to glory, for us as well as it was for Christ.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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