January 3 - 7
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want."
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is Thy faithfulness."
- I shall not want REST. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures."
- I shall not want DRINK. "He leadeth me beside the still waters."
- I shall not want FORGIVENESS. "He restoreth my soul."
- I shall not want GUIDANCE. "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."
- I shall not want COMPANIONSHIP. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me."
- I shall not want COMFORT. "Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
- I shall not want FOOD. "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."
- I shall not want JOY. "Thou anointest my head with oil."
- I shall not want ANYTHING. "My cup runneth over."
- I shall not want ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."
- I shall not want ANYTHING IN ETERNITY. "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
FAITH NEVER YET OUTSTRIPPED THE BOUNTY OF THE LORD
N.J. Hiebert # 3207
"The Lord shall count, when HE writeth up the people, that this
man was born there." (Psalm 87:6)
"Tychicus. . . a beloved brother, faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. . . Onesimus, a faithful servant and beloved brother . . . Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner. . . Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas . . . Justus . . . Epaphras . . . a servant of Christ . . .Luke, the beloved physician and Demas . . . Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. . . . Archippus . . . The salutations by the hand of me Paul."
We are all going to be written up. That process is going on now. In the close of the epistle to the Colossians we get a little foreshadowing of that kind of thing . . . we are given a few remarks about some of the brethren. These remarks are the estimate that the Apostle Paul by the Spirit of God put upon them. No two of these men are characterized alike. Each one has that that is distinctly his. No two of us are expected to be duplicates. The Spirit of God has been pleased to put these records here that we might pick up a bit of profit from them.
If the Lord tarries and you live for several more years, what kind of a record will God be able to write of you at that time? If the Apostle Paul were going to close one of his epistles and wanted to mention you, what kind of a record would he be able to give?
For example, Tychicus has a nice recommendation. Here is a "beloved brother." There was something about that man that made him very dear to the heart of Paul. He was a beloved brother. There are some brethren whom we can scarcely speak of without using that word. We always think of them as beloved brothers. Perhaps there are others about whom we would not be so ready to speak in that way. Of course, we are all beloved of the Father, but that is not the side of things in the scriptures noted. It is not what we are in Christ, but what is manifested in our practical everyday life. (C.H. Brown)
N.J. Hiebert # 3208
"Through faith we understand
that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
so that things which are seen are not made
of things which do appear. " (Hebrews 11:3)
Man's mind is a poor and finite thing. The moment we have to do with God we have to do with the Infinite. And so,
1) The enormity of sin in God's sight,
2) The infinite value of the atoning sacrifice of Christ,
3) The immortality of the soul,
4) The eternity of glory for the redeemed, and
5) Of punishment for the despisers of Christ's sacrifice and God's grace -
These are all things which far exceed all power of man's mind to understand. "By faith we understand." (A.H. Barry)
N.J. Hiebert # 3209
"And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction
of My people which are in Egypt,
and have heard their cry
by reason of their taskmasters;
for I know their sorrows;
and I am come down to deliver them."
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."
One thing that is brought before us in Exodus 3 is the compassionate love of God. We find Him coming down; and what has brought Him down? Oh, He has heard some sighs, some groans; He has looked upon some burdened ones, and He has been moved with pity, and has come down to deliver. Well, we know how fully that is seen in God coming down to this poor world - sin-stricken and under the burden and bondage of corruption, where there is a continual groaning going on. We know what led Him to come down; that is, it was the compassion of His love - "God so loved." (W. Potter)
N.J. Hiebert # 3210
"Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but My people know not the judgment of the Lord." (Jeremiah 8:7)
The end of the year is near. The swallows are gone; the cold blasts of winter are come; but not one swallow is left behind. We saw them gathered together, and they were seen to fly higher as the time to depart drew nearer. No one saw them go, but they are gone to sunny lands of the south. The frost and the snow, the sleet and piercing winds of winter never reach them there. Very remarkable is this instinct of the birds.
Is there not a lesson for us in this instinct of the birds? It was pleasing to watch the swallows as the winter drew near, gathering in companies, seeming to wait for the wanderers. Then they would fly high, as wanting to be gone. We thought, Is not the Holy Spirit now gathering Christians together in little companies to Christ? Now here, now there, a wanderer is coming in. Should we not fly higher ? We, like the swallows, are about to leave this scene below. Already signs of this world's judgment begin to flit across its autumn sky. And now every swallow soared ready to depart, moved by one common instinct. Oh, that every Christian were seen manifestly ready to depart, moved by the Spirit of God. (Charles Stanley - 1821-1888)
N.J. Hiebert # 3211