Archive for June 2019

Submission to His Wise and Gracious Will

June 20, 2019

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Dear Friend,

I am glad to be assured that your sick wife happily feels herself safe in the Lord’s hand, enabling her quietly to submit to His holy, wise and gracious will. Apparent difficulties, however great, are nothing to Him. A few years will set all to rights, and all tears shall be wiped from our eyes!

John Newton (1725-1807)
Author of the Hymn, “Amazing Grace”
John Newton’s Letters, September 27, 1777
(abridged & edited)
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Misery Transformed into Joy

June 15, 2019

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Knowing that we were “born unto trouble” (Job 5:7, KJV) – or as the Concordant Version translates it, “born to misery,” and knowing that this is our Father’s current purpose to bring about our ultimate good (Romans 8:28), we are able to find great peace in the midst of all of our brokenness and seemingly adverse circumstances. With the eye of faith we can glory in our “afflictions” (Romans 5:3, CV), counting them all “joy” (James 1:2), knowing that “the sufferings of the current era do not deserve the glory about to be revealed for us” (Romans 8:18, CV).

Our current troubles and miseries are transformed into joy in our hearts without any change in our circumstances whatsoever. We are able to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) in the midst of our brokenness and apparent opposing situations knowing that “the momentary lightness of our affliction is producing for us a transcendently transcendent eonian burden of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17, CV). This is what Paul calls the “joy of faith” (Philippians 1:24), which allows us to become “superexceeding in joy in all our affliction” (II Corinthians 7:5, CV).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Born to Misery

June 13, 2019

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I am touched by those who open up to me about their many difficult struggles in life. These experiences that they share with me are not uncommon. They represent the brokenness that each of us has in this first phase of our existence – our earthly life. Well did Job say that we are all “born unto trouble” (Job 5:7, KJV) – or as the Concordant Version translations it, “born to misery.” This is the lot of our current training-stage.

Of course, we all long for perfection – and rightfully so – as it will surely come when we appear with Christ in Glory (Colossians 3:4). Until then we patiently endure our marring by the Potter’s hand (Jeremiah 18:4). After all, He is the Creator, and we are His creatures: thus we are His workmanship – His “achievement” (Ephesians 2:10, CV). As always, and in every circumstance, God is getting exactly what He desires out of our development and we are called simply to “Relax and know” that He is God (Psalm 46:10, CV).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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