"And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee . . . for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? . . . if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."
The man of faith can easily afford to allow the man of sight to take his choice.
Faith lays up its treasure in a place which nature would never dream of examining.
(Food for the Desert)
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"But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss."
As mentioned, the truth hurts. But confessing that it is because you have sinned against God that all now seems so dark and hopeless in your life, is the first and most vitally important step you will take on "restoration road". Do you remember what David said when he repented of his dreadful sin (adultery)? "For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest" (Psalm 51:3,4). How it must have grieved dear David to say that - but those are the only words which could open the door to blessing for him.
Notice another thing - it was after a long abstinence that Paul spoke to those whose hope had been taken from them. Why did the apostle wait so long? Why didn't he keep arguing with the centurion and the crew until they listened to his warning? Because they had already rejected what he said - they did not want his advice. (The Journey of life - D.N.)
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