Thursday, April 27, 2017

This Unravels The Mystery

The path of providence is often paved with difficulties and beset with perplexities with which we can hardly cope. Our way to Heaven is through an intricate wilderness, and across a circuitous desert. To many even of the Lord's people, this is literally the case. Visit their abodes, and ponder the struggle passing within. All is poverty and discomfort, penury of bread, scantiness of clothing, pining sickness, loathsome disease, excruciating suffering, with no human friends, no soothing alleviation, no earthly comforts. And yet this dark picture is not entirely unrelieved.

Christ dwells in that obscure abode! God's eye is watching over it! There is  gnawing poverty and yet boundless wealth;  deep need and yet a rich supply;
acute suffering and yet exquisite pleasure; keen sorrow and yet unspeakable joy! And why these paradoxes? How are we to understand these strange contradictions?

The apostle gives us a clue in a page of his own history. As unknown and yet well known; as dying and behold, we live; as chastened and not killed; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing yet possessing all things!" This unravels the mystery!

The possession of Christ explains it! He who has Christ in him, and Christ with him, and the hope of being forever with Christ in glory is not a poor, nor a sorrowful, nor a suffering, nor a lonely man. He can say, "I am not alone, for my Father is with me! I am not poor, for all things are mine! My body is diseased but my soul is in health! I have all and abound!"

Can we for a moment doubt His perfect power to undertake all the cares, to cope with all the difficulties, to solve all the doubts, and to disentangle all the perplexities brought to Him by His saints in all places and at all times!

[Octavius Winslow]

Isaiah 43:1-3 ... But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.❤