Bible Gems

Jun 28, 2011 at 13:20 o\clock

Gems worth reading

July 1

". . . thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me."
(Isaiah 49:23)

I believe in the sun when it does not shine.
I believe in God when He is silent.
I know the sun is up there even on the darkest day.
And when darkness veils Jesus' lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.

"Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer."

There are mountain top experiences in our journey through this world, those rare and lucid moments when God is consciously near and speaks to us as a man speaks to a friend. There are those ordinary days when we may not be thrillingly aware of His presence but neither do we doubt it. But there are also those strange times when things do not add up or make sense, when we seem to be forgotten, when the heavens are brass, when instead of happy answers to our petitions, an ironic spirit laughs at us and makes mockery of our feeble faith. We sit with Job and wait for an answer that seems never to come.

We had better learn the faith that believes anyway when God is silent. Our Lord drank the bitter dregs of despair when He cried, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Mark 15:34). But He was forsaken only for a moment and then came Resurrection day. Our highest faith is when we leave it to God to keep to Himself why these utterly unexplainable things happen to us never to be understood this side of heaven. "Farther along we'll know all about it" and "we'll understand it better by and by" may seem scant solace now, but it is the best we can do until we get home.

. . . God mays seem slow but is never late. Sometimes He says yes. Sometimes He says no. Sometimes he just does not say and we can only wait. I believe in the sun when it doesn't shine for I know that shine it will, eventually. I believe in God when He does not speak. . . . The sun has outlasted all the clouds of all the centuries. God is not forever silent. When the answer comes, here or hereafter, it will repay all the torment of unanswered prayer. The wait will not be as long as it seems. "The strife will soon be o'er" says the old hymn, and in the joy of His answer we shall forget the agony of the delay. (Though I Walk Through the Valley - Vance Havner)

N.J. Hiebert - 4481

July 2

"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should be holy and without blemish."
(Ephesians 5:27)

God did not stop when He had taken the bone our of Adam, but "made" a woman; and so He not only calls and washes poor prodigals, but builds out of poor prodigals a bride for His Son: making them the members, the flesh and bones, of His Son. It will be a part of His glory to have a bride formed out of poor prodigals.

The bride may have all sorts of precious things - but she herself is for the Lord. (G.V. Wigram)

N.J. Hiebert - 4482

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