“Unto Myself,” He said.

From Streams In The Desert…

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Fearing to launch on “full surrender’s” tide, 

I asked the Lord where would its waters glide 

My little bark, “To troubled seas I dread?”

“Unto Myself,” He said.

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Weeping beside an open grave I stood, 

In bitterness of soul I cried to God: 

“Where leads this path of sorrow that I tread?” 

“Unto Myself,” He said.

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Striving for souls, I loved the work too well; 

Then disappointments came; I could not tell 

The reason, till He said, “I am thine all; 

Unto Myself I call.”

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Watching my heroes—those I loved the best—

I saw them fail; they could not stand the test, 

Even by this the Lord, through tears not few, 

Unto Himself me drew.

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Unto Himself! No earthly tongue can tell 

The bliss I find, since in His heart I dwell; 

The things that charmed me once seem all as naught; 

Unto Himself I’m brought.”

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Paul The Preacher

The word “resolute” can be used to describe the apostle Paul.

Resolute…

A purposeful and determined person, someone who wants to do something very much, and won’t let anything get in the way.  Vocabulary .com 

Marked by firm determination.  Merriam Webster

Synonyms…

Firm, steadfast, fixed, unwavering, undaunted. Dictionary .com

We need more preachers like Paul in our day.

Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Matthew Henry:  

The elders knew that Paul was no designing, self-seeking man. Those who would in any office serve the Lord acceptably, and profitably to others, must do it with humility. 

He was a plain preacher, one that spoke his message so as to be understood. 

He was a powerful preacher; he preached the gospel as a testimony to them if they received it; but as a testimony against them if they rejected it. 

He was a profitable preacher; one that aimed to inform their judgments, and reform their hearts and lives. 

He was a painful preacher, very industrious in his work. 

He was a faithful preacher; he did not keep back reproofs when necessary, nor keep back the preaching of the cross. 

He was a truly Christian, evangelical preacher; he did not preach notions or doubtful matters; nor affairs of state or the civil government; but he preached faith and repentance. 

A better summary of these things, without which there is no salvation, cannot be given: even repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, with their fruits and effects. 

Without these no sinner can escape, and with these none will come short of eternal life.

Let them not think that Paul left Asia for fear of persecution; he was in full expectation of trouble, yet resolved to go on, well assured that it was by Divine direction. 

Thanks be to God that we know not the things which shall befall us during the year, the week, the day which has begun.

It is enough for the child of God to know that his strength shall be equal to his day. 

He knows not, he would not know, what the day before him shall bring forth. 

The powerful influences of the Holy Spirit bind the true Christian to his duty. 

Even when he expects persecution and affliction, the love of Christ constrains him to proceed. 

None of these things moved Paul from his work; they did not deprive him of his comfort. 

Believing that this was the last time they should see him, he appeals concerning his integrity. 

He had preached to them the whole counsel of God. 

As he had preached to them the gospel purely, so he had preached it to them entire; he faithfully did his work, whether men would bear or forbear.

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GOD IS NOT UNOBSERVANT

From”Streams In The Desert”…

“God Is Not Unobservant

For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.  – Isa 18:4

Assyria was marching against Ethiopia, the people of which are described as tall and smooth. And as the armies advance, God makes no effort to arrest them; it seems as though they will be allowed to work their will. He is still watching them from His dwelling place, the sun still shines on them; but before the harvest, the whole of the proud army of Assyria is smitten as easily as when sprigs are cut off by the pruning hook of the husbandman.

Is not this a marvelous conception of God—being still and watching? His stillness is not acquiescence. His silence is not consent. He is only biding His time, and will arise, in the most opportune moment, and when the designs of the wicked seem on the point of success, to overwhelm them with disaster. As we look out on the evil of the world; as we think of the apparent success of wrong-doing; as we wince beneath the oppression of those that hate us, let us remember these marvelous words about God being still and beholding.

There is another side to this. Jesus beheld His disciples toiling at the oars through the stormy night; and watched though unseen, the successive steps of the anguish of Bethany, when Lazarus slowly passed through the stages of mortal sickness, until he succumbed and was borne to the rocky tomb. But He was only waiting the moment when He could interpose most effectually. Is He still to thee? He is not unobservant; He is beholding all things; He has His finger on thy pulse, keenly sensitive to all its fluctuations. He will come to save thee when the precise moment has arrived. —Daily Devotional Commentary

Whatever His questions or His reticences, we may be absolutely sure of an unperplexed and undismayed Saviour.

“O troubled soul, beneath the rod, 

Thy Father speaks, be still, be still; 

Learn to be silent unto God, 

And let Him mould thee to His will.

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“O praying soul, be still, be still, 

He cannot break His plighted Word; 

Sink down into His blessed will, 

And wait in patience on the Lord.

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“O waiting soul, be still, be strong, 

And though He tarry, trust and wait; 

Doubt not, He will not wait too long, 

Fear not, He will not come too late.”

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WHEN IS THE TIME TO TRUST?

From “Streams In The Desert”…

“Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece – Judg 6:39

There are degrees to faith. At one stage of Christian experience we cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling. We feel our fleece, like Gideon, and if it is wet we are willing to trust God. This may be true faith, but it is imperfect. It always looks for feeling or some token besides the Word of God. It marks quite an advance in faith when we trust God without feelings. It is blessed to believe without having any emotion.

There is a third stage of faith which even transcends that of Gideon and his fleece. The first phase of faith believes when there are favorable emotions, the second believes when there is the absence of feeling, but this third form of faith believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people, and human reason all urge to the contrary. Paul exercised this faith in Acts 27:20, 25, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” Notwithstanding all this Paul said, “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”

May God give us faith to fully trust His Word though everything else witness the other way. —C. H. P.

When is the time to trust? 

Is it when all is calm, 

When waves the victor’s palm, 

And life is one glad psalm 

Of joy and praise?

Nay! but the time to trust

Is when the waves beat high,

When storm clouds fill the sky,

And prayer is one long cry,

O help and save!

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When is the time to trust? 

Is it when friends are true? 

Is it when comforts woo, 

And in all we say and do 

We meet but praise?

Nay! but the time to trust 

Is when we stand alone, 

And summer birds have flown, 

And every prop is gone, 

All else but God.

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What is the time to trust? 

Is it some future day, 

When you have tried your way, 

And learned to trust and pray 

By bitter woe?

Nay! but the time to trust 

Is in this moment’s need, 

Poor, broken, bruised reed! 

Poor, troubled soul, make speed 

To trust thy God.

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What is the time to trust? 

Is it when hopes beat high, 

When sunshine gilds the sky, 

And joy and ecstasy 

Fill all the heart?

Nay! but the time to trust 

Is when our joy is fled, 

When sorrow bows the head, 

And all is cold and dead, 

All else but God.

—Selected”

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IN THE WORLD YOU SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION, BUT…

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Matthew Henry:  While we have God’s favourable presence, we are happy, and ought to be easy, though all the world forsake us. 

Barnes:  In the world – Among the men to whom you are going. You must expect to be persecuted, afflicted, tormented.

JFB:  In the world ye shall have tribulation—specially arising from its deadly opposition to those who “are not of the world.”

Poole:  In the world ye meet with troubles, which you will certainly do, because the world hateth you.

Gill:  It is in him, and in him only, in his person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, which speak peace, pardon, and atonement, that a soul finds any true, solid peace, rest, comfort, and joy; 

There is a peace by Christ, which he has made for his people by the blood of his cross; 

and there is a peace in him, which is enjoyed through faith’s looking…

to his blood for pardon, 

to his righteousness for justification, 

to his sacrifice for atonement and satisfaction; 

and by having communion with him, 

and discoveries of his love, 

and by seeing safety and security in him.

In the world ye shall have tribulation; 

from the instance and example of Christ, who was all his life a man of sorrows; 

from the conformity of the members to the head; 

from the divine appointment that has so determined it; 

from the natural enmity of the world to the saints; 

from the experience of the people of God in all ages.

Pulpit:  Peace – adequate support amid the crushing force and vehement hostility of the world.

Luther:  “That is the last word given, and struck into their hand by way of good-night. But He concludes very forcibly with this, and therefore has He finished the entire discourse.”

Luther:  “He does not say: Be comforted, you have overcome the world, but this is your consolation, that I, I have overcome the world; my victory is your salvation.” 

Meyer:  And upon this victor rests the imperishability of the church.

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