Friday, September 4, 2015

Never Again

How true is it, that to one whose affections have been directed to things above, earthly pleasures seem to have lost their usual relish. No prospect however beautiful, no pleasures however tantalizing can be enjoyed without the associated presence and blessing of God.  Yet when God is recognized in them, and the heart is properly affected towards Him, then do even earthly scenes acquire an additional interest.

But let the Christian lose sight for a season of his heavenly inheritance, and wander over earth's surface in search of worldly good, how soon will he find an unsatisfying vacuity, where not even an
olive leaf shall be found to greet his eye or to cheer his heart. The Christian may so far backslide, as to wish to explore anew the world which he professes to have forsaken and God may allow him to do so. But O how soon his wing will tire, and his prospect become gloomy!  Glad will he be to return and flutter around the ark, longing to be taken in, where he can once more feel himself happy and at home. And Jesus kindly extends His hand to take us in even when we have sinfully wandered from His loving arms.

Why is it that we can be so often deceived?  Have we not tried the world and have we not been disappointed in the pursuit?  Never again then let us leave the
sacred ark, never again wander from our Lord.

[Jared Waterbury]

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Genesis 8:9 ... But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

Hebrews 11:7 ...  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Colossians 3:2 ...  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.❤