Friday, March 28, 2014

Foolish .... or a fool?

Be honest, now.  Do you ever act foolishly?  Most of us do, once in awhile!   Or could it be that you're a genuine fool?

The Bible has quite a bit to say about foolishness ... and about fools.  And it's not always what we'd expect.  Most of us use the term "foolish" to mean a kind of absurdity, or goofiness, or playing the clown.  Almost everyone acts in such a manner sometimes, and it's not always a bad thing: oftentimes, it could be just honest merriment, or playing with a child, or enjoying some of the natural absurdities of life. It's hard to imagine God being displeased with this sort of thing; after all, He giveth us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17), and He has filled the world with occasions of happiness and laughter.
But when the Bible speaks of foolishness, it's considerably more serious than that.  A wise man once said that "every bad thing on earth is a good thing that's been twisted."  Love can be twisted into lust; zeal and incentive can be turned into ruthless ambition; and honest merriment can be transformed into cruelty, cynicism, and every kind of misbehaviour.

So, in the sight of God, what is "foolishness?" 

One of the great methods of Biblical interpretation is called the "first mention" principle.  It simply means this: When you track down the first time a word is used in the Bible, it usually gives you an idea of the word's most important meaning.  A great example is "love:" the first time the word appears in the Bible is in Genesis 22:2: referring not to a woman and a man, or even to God and man: but to a man's love for his son.  The greatest example of love the universe would ever see would be when God the Father offered up His beloved Son on Calvary, to be punished for our sins.

The first time "foolish" appears in scripture is in Deuteronomy 32:6: Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? This use of the word is mirrored precisely in Psalm 94:8: Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? So, in God's sight, "foolishness" is synonymous with a lack of wisdom.  Not mere ignorance, or natural "slowness," but an unwillingness to apply knowledge in the proper way, which is the definition of wisdom. (One can be mentally retarded and not be "foolish," if he or she uses what knowledge they have properly: in fact, most people who are mentally handicapped very rarely act foolishly.)  It should come as no surprise, then, that education, at even the highest levels, does not preclude foolishness: and, indeed, some of the most educated people on earth are also the most foolish.

The words "foolish" and "foolishness" are found 72 times in the Bible, and the words "fool" and "fools" occur 115 times, so obviously we're not going to cover every reference! But, going by the definition we've established here (that foolishness is the opposite of wisdom), we can find quite a few very striking examples.  We learn, for example, that as members of a fallen, sinful race, foolishness is our natural condition: we're born that way. Nobody expects a young child to be wise, in the sense of knowing how to apply knowledge; but God goes out of His way to say that foolishness is rooted in the heart of a child (Proverbs 22:15).  And, as we grow older, our foolishness, if not corrected, becomes much more dangerous, and ultimately deadly.  Because foolishness is not an isolated condition, like baldness or blue eyes: it leads to worse things, such as sin, unbelief, and even physical and mental illness. We see the progression from foolishness to sin to suffering in Psalm 107:17: Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Whether a person is lost or saved, a Christian or a skeptic, the consequences of foolishness are as inescapable as sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7).  


Foolishness is the antithesis of wisdom.  Although Proverbs 9:13 refers to a woman, it applies to a man as well: A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.  In this case, foolishness robs one not only of wisdom, but even of knowledge itself.

(What's the difference between the two?  Knowledge is simply an accumulation of facts; it's the first stage in intellectual and spiritual growth.  Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge properly.  The ultimate goal is understanding,  which is the ability to see things from God's perspective.  We acquire knowledge constantly; wisdom requires real thought and reflection; understanding comes only from communication with God, through the Bible and prayer.  Satan has knowledge, and more wisdom than any human being, but he doesn't have understanding.  That's one reason he hates us: because we can attain understanding, by God's grace, but Satan is too proud to seek it.)

When Job was being so horribly afflicted, and had lost his children, his health, and his possessions, his lovely wife suggested, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. Job replied, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:9, 10) Mrs. Job was foolish, but Job had wisdom, and understanding as well. Although he stayed with his shrewish wife, Job perfectly exhibited Proverbs 9:6: Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. God's ideal woman, in Proverbs 31, is certainly not foolish: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness (Proverbs 31:26).  Notice that kindness accompanies wisdom, just as bitterness and temper accompany foolishness:  For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one (Job 5:2).

At this point, an impatient reader might say, "Very well, foolishness is the opposite of wisdom.  It's better to be smart than to be stupid.  What else is new?"  But that's not the point at all.  The point is that foolishness carries with it a set of characteristics and consequences that can't be brushed off so easily. 

Besides anger and impatience, what are some of the hallmarks of foolishness?  Well, a lighthearted attitude toward sin is one, which is why foolishness and sin run in a vicious cycle.  When David was praying for God to keep him from sin, he said, Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish (Psalm 39:8). Although his son Solomon had not yet penned the words, David knew that fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour (Proverbs 14:9). A man or woman who scoffs at sin, or laughs at the sins of others, is a fool.  Another indication of foolishness is the simple inability to shut up! A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness (Proverbs 12:23).  This is even true of "great and powerful" fools: The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools (Ecclesiastes 9:17). A glance at any newspaper or news broadcast will illustrate this.  And, as is often the case, such foolishness can actually destroy a man or woman: Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction (Proverbs 10:14). Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? (Ecclesiastes 7:17) Foolishness is a deadly serious condition. Foolish people who continue in their ways will soon come to the point where they actually hate knowledge and wisdom: being pig-ignorant suits them just fine, thank you. So, naturally, they have no regard for their Creator: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).  And although there are many other characteristics of foolishness, we'll mention only one more: foolishness causes a woman or man to seek out the company of other fools, and delight in that company, regardless of the results.  This is a particular danger for young people, who are always apt, in the old expression, to "fall in with bad companions."  And the result is never good: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20).

  
All of us have acted foolishly at one time or another; as we said, it's the human condition.  That's why Jesus Christ had to die, so that we could be made new.  But there's a special kind of fool, a fool who's so utterly, impossibly foolish that he or she is as close to Hell as one can be without actually going there.  And God identifies this man or woman very clearly:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good (Psalm 14:1).

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good (Psalm 53:1). 

God doesn't stutter: He repeated that statement, 39 chapters apart, because He was trying to tell us something. There is no greater fool on the face of God's green earth than the atheist (or the "non-theist," as the more cowardly types choose to call themselves).  A woman can be as rhetorically brilliant as Ayn Rand, or a man can be as educated as Stephen Hawking.  A "comedian" can be as clever (?) or quick as Kathy Griffin or Bill Maher.  But in God's sight, they are fools: and, unless and until they receive Jesus Christ according to John 1:12, and are born again according to John 3:3-7, they'll be damned fools.  They don't believe this, of course, nor do many of the professing "agnostics" and even professing Christians who are "practical" atheists. But why would they believe it?  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise (Proverbs 12:15).
 

You and I have acted foolishly at times, but that doesn't necessarily make us fools.  No matter our sins, our stupidities, or our selves, God is always ready and eager to forgive, and to usher us into His Kingdom.  But first we must come to Him humbly, in a moment of time, and receive His Son as our only Saviour and Lord.  Even an atheist?  Yes, even an atheist, if he or she is sincere: him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).  Whether you're a student, an unemployed person, a captain of industry, or the President of the United States, God's offer stands: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).

What an offer!  What a Christ, Who can even save a fool like me!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Price of Freedom

And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him (Mark 9:26).

Evil never surrenders its hold without a sore fight. We never pass into any spiritual inheritance through the delightful exercises of a picnic, but always through the grim contentions of the battle field. It is so in the secret realm of the soul. Every faculty which wins its spiritual freedom does so at the price of blood. Apollyon is not put to flight by a courteous request; he straddles across the full breadth of the way, and our progress has to be registered in blood and tears. This we must remember or we shall add to all the other burdens of life the gall of misinterpretation. We are not "born again" into soft and protected nurseries, but in the open country where we suck strength from the very terror of the tempest. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)

Faith of our Fathers! living still,
      In spite of dungeon, fire and sword:
      O how our hearts beat high with joy
      Whene'er we hear that glorious word.
      Faith of our Fathers! Holy Faith!
      We will be true to Thee till death!
  
      Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
      Were still in heart and conscience free;
      How sweet would be their children's fate,
      If they, like them, could die for Thee!


 (From Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles Cowman, 1925) 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sharia to Be Enshrined in British Law

Oh, to Be in England, 
Now that Sharia's there....

Well, not really.  Not unless you're a Mohammedan, and are intent on remaking the country into an Islamic Hell-hole:

From Breitbart News

"The Law Society has issued guidance on how to use Sharia Law in Wills,Trusts and Estates disputes in England and Wales. The guidance effectively enshrines Sharia into common legal practice for the first time and will make it easier to discriminate against women and non-believers. 

"The rules published by the regulator of solicitors in the countries, The Law Society of England and Wales, boasts that this is the 'first time guidance has been published for solicitors to assist them with the intricacies of Sharia succession rules, which is the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed.'

"On wills themselves, the document advises legal professionals that: 'Provided the will is signed in accordance with the requirements set out in the Wills Act 1837, there is nothing to prevent an English domiciled person choosing to dispose of their assets in accordance with Sharia succession rules'.

"Islamic rules on inheritance include the requirement to give a son twice as much as a daughter. Adopted and illegitimate children are not entitled to inherit anything nor are non-believers.

"The Law Society is officially a trade organisation for solicitors but in reality it has a much wider scope. It regulates Lawyers and can ‘strike them off’ its register, making it impossible to practice.

"Lawyers are required to pay a membership fee to the Society, whether they agree with its stance on things like Sharia or not.

"Conservative lawyers took to Facebook to complain to friends about the new rules, but none felt able to comment publicly because of the Law Society’s ability to end their careers."

Pay attention, Canada and America.


See also:
Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs (The Telegraph)
Sharia Law to be enshrined in British legal system as lawyers get guidelines on drawing up documents according to Islamic rules (Daily Mail) 
Islamic Sharia Law Effectively Enshrined In UK Legal System With New Will Guidance (Huffington Post) 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Iraq Prepares to Legalize Child Marriage

Well, it's happening again: the Mohammedans are salivating and thumping their chests in their zeal for child marriage (known in infidel circles as "pedophilia").  This time, however, it's going to be legal.  Not just according to Sharia Law (it always was), but by civil law as well, in the "democratic" nation of Iraq, brought to the world by George W. Bush and his allies. On February 25 of this year, Iraq's Council of Ministers (similar to the American President's Cabinet) approved the so-called "Ja'afari Personal Status Law," or simply the "Ja'afari Law," which would, among other things: legally establish nine years old as the female age of puberty; make girls nine and older eligible for marriage; allow marriage at an even earlier age with parental consent; require that all Iraqi wives submit to sexual relations at any time with their husbands; and, in cases of divorce, automatically grant custody of children, after the age of two, to the father.  A few brave Iraqi women protested the law, which still must be passed in parliament, on "International Women's Day," March 8; their protests were noted throughout the world - - - except, predictably, in their home country.


Needless to say, when we refer to "child marriage," we are not referring to  the "arranged marriages"of children, by their parents, such as are common in India and elsewhere; those are really betrothals, and do not go into effect for many years.  In the Muslim world, following the example of their "Prophet," marriage to a child means precisely that: cohabitation and sexual relations between an adult male and a little girl.  As countless Muslim imams have said, in precisely these words: "Muhammad is our model."

It should be noted that Iraq's current "personal status law" sets the age for marriage at 18, with a provision for marriage no younger than 15 in "exceptional" cases.  Furthermore, Shi'ites attempted to introduce an identical bill in 2003, just as the American incursion into Iraq had begun, but they were blocked by furious secularists.  Iraqis of the time were already aware of Saddam Hussein's "rape rooms," and were not eager to see "religious" justification given to even more horrific practices than the secular Saddam was allowing, or to offer up their little girls to the unspeakably barbarian lusts of the Mohammedans.

Once again, we see the true face of Islam; and we see what American troops bled and died for, so that an arrogant and misguided President could attempt to spread "democracy" to a region unprepared for it.  Iraq got its democracy, and its purple-thumbed voting rights, and are now using those rights to establish Sharia Law, as anyone could have predicted.   And, apart from the brave Iraqi women in the streets, international "feminists" have remained strangely silent on the situation.  So, in sum and in fine: George W. Bush got his war, Barack Hussein Obama is forging ever-closer ties with the Muslim nations, and the little girls born under the accursed crescent of Islam continue to scream and bleed and die.  Expect more of the same as "the Arab Spring" continues.



See also:
Iraq: Don't Legalize Marrriage for 9-Year-Olds (Human Rights Watch)
Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq  (Reuters)
Law & Disorder: 9-year-old Iraqi girls fit for marriage; wives can't deny husbands sex (The Star Online)

(Magazine cover courtesy of Confessions of a Closet Republican)

Friday, March 14, 2014

A New Covenant

And because of all this we make a sure covenant. - - - Nehemiah 9:38

There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any deliverance from trouble, when our joys bud forth anew, let us again visit the foot of the cross, and renew our consecration. Especially, let us do this after any sin which has grieved the Holy Spirit, or brought dishonour upon the cause of God; let us then look to that blood which can make us whiter than snow, and again offer ourselves unto the Lord. We should not only let our troubles confirm our dedication to God, but our prosperity should do the same. If we ever meet with occasions which deserve to be called "crowning mercies" then, surely, if He hath crowned us, we ought also to crown our God; let us bring forth anew all the jewels of the divine regalia which have been stored in the jewel-closet of our heart, and let our God sit upon the throne of our love, arrayed in royal apparel. If we would learn to profit by our prosperity, we should not need so much adversity. If we would gather from a kiss all the good it might confer upon us, we should not so often smart under the rod. Have we lately received some blessing which we little expected? Has the Lord put our feet in a large room? Can we sing of mercies multiplied? Then this is the day to put our hand upon the horns of the altar, and say, "Bind me here, my God; bind me here with cords, even for ever." Inasmuch as we need the fulfillment of new promises from God, let us offer renewed prayers that our old vows may not be dishonoured. Let us this morning make with Him a sure covenant, because of the pains of Jesus which for the last month we have been considering with gratitude.


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening
 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Victory: North Korea Releases John Short

All praise to our merciful God: after two weeks of being detained by North Korean authorities, John Short has been deported back to China. Short was facing a possible 15-year prison sentence simply for distributing a handful of gospel tracts while on a regular tour of the country.  A native of Australia, Brother Short and his wife Karen have been operating out of Hong Kong for over 50 years, and he has been imprisoned in China several times. 

As is customary in such Hell-holes as North Korea, the authorities required Brother Short to issue an "official apology" as a condition of release, but we will not quote it here, because it was typical Communist boilerplate. At the same time, however, this savage régime has ordered the execution of 33 people who had been "contacted" by South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook.

Some may criticize our 75 year old brother for agreeing to the "confession," but it enables him to rejoin his beloved wife and continue serving Christ as a free man for the remainder of his life.  Brother Short's actions should be seen as obedience to his Lord's command: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16). 

Even as Saeed Abedini faces new horrors in Iran, and as hundreds of other Christians are imprisoned in North Korea and elsewhere, we blend our praise for Brother Short's deliverance with our entreaties for their safety and freedom; and we weep for those soon to be martyred by North Korea.  God's ways are past finding out, but one thing is sure:  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3).


Saeed Abedini: the Torture Continues

A very important update from The American Center for Law and Justice:

by Jordan Sekulow
March 12, 2014

American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case has taken a turn for the worse.  He has been shackled and refused medical treatment at a hospital, as Iranian guards forcibly ban visitors.

A little over a week ago, Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – was  moved from Rajai Shahr Prison to a private hospital in Iran.  He was told he would receive further tests on his deteriorating medical condition and undergo surgery to address chronic pain in his stomach area – the result of numerous prison beatings.

For the past week and a half, he has undergone various tests and received much needed nourishment.  This had been a very positive development and much needed reprieve for Pastor Saeed.

Today, that all changed.  This morning Iranian guards lashed out violently against  Pastor Saeed and an elderly relative who had been able to visit him in the hospital.  Pastor Saeed was pinned down and shackled.  His elderly relative was roughly handled and expelled from the hospital.

The guards stated that they had a court order banning visitors and instructing that he be shacked at all times.  Hospital doctors also told Pastor Saeed that he must leave the hospital and return to prison.  They are refusing to provide him with anything more than mere pain medication. They have denied him surgery – the only treatment that will help. They have even denied him test results.

The timing of both of these moves is very suspect.  In what appears to be a move to put Iran in a favorable light, Pastor Saeed was moved to the hospital, something his Iranian family has been actively seeking for months, coinciding with the arrival of the High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton in Iran.  However, as  soon as she departed Iran, Pastor Saeed was informed that he would be moved back to prison without receiving any real treatment.

The EU has been faithfully raising Pastor Saeed’s case for some time, and this move would allow Iranian officials to report that he was receiving medical treatment if his case was brought up during the EU’s visit to Iran.

This disturbing turn of events reiterates the need to keep pressure on Iran.  As soon as pressure is let up, the situation gets worse.  Iran must not be allowed to continue to abuse and mistreat Pastor Saeed out of the public spotlight.  The Iranian government is wrongfully imprisoning him and denying him needed medical care because he is a Christian.  Each day apart from his family and away from the care of physicians is another human rights abuse.

While Iran’s actions seem to undercut the sincerity of Iran’s leaders in promising the world change in Iran, there is still an opportunity for President Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader to act.

March 21st is the Iranian new year, a time when clemency is often granted to prisoners of conscience.  If Iran wants the world to see it in a new light, now is the time to grant clemency for Pastor Saeed.  Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said clemency could be possible.  Now would be the time.

We are continuing to fight for Pastor Saeed’s freedom.  Right now a legal team from both our U.S. and international offices is meeting with world leaders at the United Nations office in Geneva.


UPDATE (3.14.2014): After an explosion of protest on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, Iranian officials have stated that Saeed's brutal treatment earlier this week was "a mistake," and have unshackled him.  He is being allowed to remain in the prison hospital, but has not yet received the surgery he requires so badly.  Prayers continue.  

After International Outcry, Iran Removes Shackles from Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini  (Christian Post)

See also:
Iran: 8 years in prison for American pastor 
Happy Birthday, Pastor Saeed 
Iranians Reject Saeed's Appeal 
Urgent Update: Saeed Abedini  
Saeed in Danger; Trump Speaks Out

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Freedom Through Suffering

Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress (Psalm 4:1).

This is one of the grandest testimonies ever given by man to the moral government of God. It is not a man's thanksgiving that he has been set free from suffering. It is a thanksgiving that he has been set free through suffering: "Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress." He declares the sorrows of life to have been themselves the source of life's enlargement.
      
And have not you and I a thousand times felt this to be true? It is written of Joseph in the dungeon that "the iron entered into his soul." We all feel that what Joseph needed for his soul was just the iron. He had seen only the glitter of the gold. He had been rejoicing in youthful dreams; and dreaming hardens the heart. He who sheds tears over a romance will not be most apt to help reality; real sorrow will be too unpoetic for him. We need the iron to enlarge our nature. The gold is but a vision; the iron is an experience. The chain which unites me to humanity must be an iron chain. That touch of nature which makes the world akin is not joy, but sorrow; gold is partial, but iron is universal.
      
My soul, if thou wouldst be enlarged into human sympathy, thou must be narrowed into limits of human suffering. Joseph's dungeon is the road to Joseph's throne. Thou canst not lift the iron load of thy brother if the iron hath not entered into thee. It is thy limit that is thine enlargement. It is the shadows of thy life that are the real fulfillment of thy dreams of glory. Murmur not at the shadows; they are better revelations than thy dreams. Say not that the shades of the prison-house have fettered thee; thy fetters are wings - - - wings of flight into the bosom of humanity. "The door of thy prison-house is a door into the heart of the universe. God has enlarged thee by the binding of sorrow's chain." - - - George Matheson
    

If Joseph had not been Egypt's prisoner, he would never have been Egypt's governor. The iron chain about his feet ushered in the golden chain about his neck. 



 (From Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles Cowman, 1925) 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Philistines Insist: "No Jewish State"

Within the past week, as part of his ongoing contribution to peace and understanding in the Middle East, the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated the Palestinians' implacable opposition to the very existence of the state of Israel.  As President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry impose increasingly harsh demands on Israel's leadership, and even though Israel has long agreed to a "two-state solution," the Palestinians persist in their savage zeal to see Israel utterly erased from the world map - - - and, eventually, to see the genocide of the Jewish people.

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Obama.  On March 17, it will be Mr. Abbas' turn.  It has been demonstrated time and again that Obama is the enemy of Israel.  Be prepared for more of the same.

video

Just as a breath of fresh air, and just for a glimpse of the historical truth of the situation, let's turn to this brief presentation by Danny Ayalon, concerning the "occupied settlements" about which Mr. Abbas is so piously concerned:

video

Under the administrations of George Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has chosen to stand against Israel, by (in geopolitical jargon) "tilting toward 'Palestine'."  That puts America in an indescribably dangerous position: because America's greatest enemy today is not North Korea, Iran, or Vladimir Putin.  It is God almighty.  Speaking about the nascent nation of Israel in the person of Abraham, God promised: I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee (Genesis 12:3).  The world has been warned.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Islamization: How It Works

Although we've discussed the so-called "religion" of Mohammedanism in this blog many times, we've not spent a great deal of time discussing Islamization: the process by which this ghastly virus actually overtakes an individual nation.  This is certainly an important topic, especially as we watch hordes of Muslims attempting to impose Sharia law on the nations of Europe, and, to a lesser degree, Canada.  The following video contains material from an essay that is several years old, but couldn't be more up-to-date if it had been produced this morning.  Here, in a nutshell, is how Mohammedanism takes over a society or nation.  It's worth watching.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Precious

"He is precious." - - - 1 Peter 2:7 

As all the rivers run into the sea, so all delights centre in our Beloved. The glances of His eyes outshine the sun: the beauties of His face are fairer than the choicest flowers: no fragrance is like the breath of His mouth. Gems of the mine, and pearls from the sea, are worthless things when measured by His preciousness. Peter tells us that Jesus is precious, but he did not and could not tell us how precious, nor could any of us compute the value of God's unspeakable gift. Words cannot set forth the preciousness of the Lord Jesus to His people, nor fully tell how essential He is to their satisfaction and happiness. Believer, have you not found in the midst of plenty a sore famine if your Lord has been absent? The sun was shining, but Christ had hidden Himself, and all the world was black to you; or it was night, and since the bright and morning star was gone, no other star could yield you so much as a ray of light. What a howling wilderness is this world without our Lord! If once He hideth Himself from us, withered are the flowers of our garden; our pleasant fruits decay; the birds suspend their songs, and a tempest overturns our hopes. All earth's candles cannot make daylight if the Sun of Righteousness be eclipsed. He is the soul of our soul, the light of our light, the life of our life. Dear reader, what wouldst thou do in the world without Him, when thou wakest up and lookest forward to the day's battle? What wouldst thou do at night, when thou comest home jaded and weary, if there were no door of fellowship between thee and Christ? Blessed be His name, He will not suffer us to try our lot without Him, for Jesus never forsakes His own. Yet, let the thought of what life would be without Him enhance His preciousness.  


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening