Bible Gems

Jun 11, 2011 at 17:27 o\clock

Gems worth reading

June 11

"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks and the onions, and the garlic: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes."
(Numbers 11:5-6)

Satisfied with Thee, Lord Jesus, I am blest;
Peace which passeth understanding, on Thy breast
(C.A. Wellesley)

These people were having a problem with God's daily menu. The mixed multitude despised the manna, God's gracious provision. Their minds reflected back to the "good old days" of Egypt when they had fish, melons and other foods to eat. But they had forgotten about the harsh slavery, cruel taskmasters and painful bondage. Sometimes, we too forget where we once were, and get our eyes off Christ. May God deliver us from selective memories. (Jim Comte)

N.J. Hiebert - 4461

June 12

"Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island."
(Acts 27:26)

The Lord graciously begins, we might say, a work of restoration with the centurion and those on board his ship. But things were going to be very different from the manner of life and habits that had previously characterized this vessel. They were going to live - Paul's word assured them of that, and he spoke the truth, for he spoke from God. But in order that his message might bring peace and joy, it would have to be received by faith.

God's message to you - if you are going to reap the benefits of joy and peace - must be believed by faith. If your life has met with disasters and storms because of self-will, and you have been brought in God's goodness to repentance - then you may be assured that happy times are ahead. ". . . the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Romans 2:4).

But it will require real faith in the God who loves you and wants to bring you back to Himself where you may afresh enjoy His love. Perhaps in your restoration you too will be cast upon an island. That is, you will find in the path of restoration, that things for you too are going to be different, and you will be placed in circumstances where you have God alone as you resource. With true restoration, things will be different! "He restoreth my soul . . . Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" (Psalm 23:6). (The Journey of Life - D.N.)

N.J. Hiebert - 4462

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