Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH !! – XII
“ Thou God seeth me….. ” Genesis 16:13
We see in this incident of- the babe in the ark, the doctrine of special providence. The chain that connects Moses’ birth in the midst of Egypt with Moses’ burial in the mount, no man knew where, and if one single link had dropped from that chain, the whole destiny of the world, so far as we can see, had been altered. Pins the most minute are the pivots upon which the wheels of the history of the world have revolved. From the time we left our father’s and mother’s roof-tree, till the moment that now sweeps past us, we shall find that if any one fact in our lives had been otherwise, it would have altered our present being. Was it not an accidental event that brought us within the walls where we heard the gospel?
If God be not in minute and microscopic incidents, he is no where at all. Yes, if there be not a particular providence, there is no providence at all; for little things are the events and hinges on which great destinies constantly turn. And if this be so, it suggest an important advice: never despise a fact that occurs; an opportunity that opens; and a suggestion that is made. Do not undervalue the least of things as openings or spheres of usefulness. A man shows little faith who says, ” O, what is the use of me doing this? I have so little influence.” Do not think highly of yourselves, but think most highly of God, and so size every opportunity of good he presents.
Do not undervalue the least of things as openings or spheres of usefulness; for there is God in minute things as in the majestic. And How great was the contrast between Pharaoh on his throne and Moses the infant in the ark! The natural man would say that on that throne and around it were all the elements of certainty, greatness, and victory; and in that ark, and about that babe, all the symptoms of decay, weakness and death; but it really was not so: the one went down and perished with all his cavalry, like a ship in the Red Sea; the other led forth the hosts of Israel to victory and to the promise land.
In the later days, we have seen Luther, a poor monk, speaking a great truth; Leo, the most powerful of the pontiffs treating him and all such with consummate contempt; and yet, the truth of God whether in the babe rocked upon the waters of Nile, or in the monk’s bosoms’, half buried in a convent, is immortal and imperishable, and all besides is weakness. The ark that the truth describes is not to be measured by a foot-rule; it is to be measured b, if measured at all, only by the inexhaustible promises and the eternal faithfulness of God. It is not the strength or the bulk of the things, but the presence of Deity, that makes it strong.
We have another equally important and impressive voice; our babes need no less the protecting providence of God than the child of Jochebed lying in the ark, upon the river Nile. The same helplessness is with ours as with hers, the same providence is pledged. If God is not around our babes cradle, it is not safe. It is true there are no crocodiles ready to devour, nor rough waves threatening to overwhelm, nor wicked monarch on the throne determined to extirpate, – yet there are evils, visible and invisible, accumulating by the passing of the days ready to devour as soon as they can put their hands on them!!
This world is not safe for our children, and has never been, it is getting more and more wicked by the days, except under the overshadowing wing of God; embosomed in the fervor of maternal prayer, and directed by Christian tuition. The church of Christ as before reduced into very little and very unimpressive space; the outward eye may see no prestige of grandeur, and very faint prospect of ultimate victory. Yet what seems great to the eye is not always great in fact. The minutest acorn is great because it will quicken and develop itself into the gigantic oak; where as the greatest mountain is small, for it wastes down everyday! Truth even when minute is mighty; falsehood even when it looks the greatest, has in it the elements of its own destruction. , It was predetermined before the world began, that, that babe should live and be the deliverer of his people, and the great foreshadow of the Son of God.
How wonderfully does God overrule the schemes, the passions, and the wickedness of man to the furtherance of his own great ends! Pharaoh’s fears arose him to action, he determined to murder every infant shat should be born. All he did, however, only expedited the great purpose of heaven; for his won daughter became the guardian of the child that was to overturn his throne, his own palace became the nursery of the very babe that he degraded!! And in the end what brought the downfall of Pharaoh? Not the power Mosses, but his own sin, that broke his scepter, and swept away his kingdom. Truly God restrains the wrath of man, and overrules the remainder of it to the praise of him.
Dearly beloved, let us not forget this; that persecution always fails in promoting the ends it has in view. Pharaoh used its weapons’ , and they proved a miserable mistake. It has been tried by other men and it has equally failed. We never can put down a lie by persecution, we never can sustain a truth by injustice. Truth repudiates every assisting weapon that is not drown from the armory of heaven; and what is false shrinks from the aid of the pure and lofty in every age!! We need to know this, and on it, more than ever. it may be that power will not be our protection, that high places will not be our shelter; but, blessed be God, if all power should cease to defend, and all law should be against us, The Bible remains, The God that wrote it remains; faith, hope, love remain; and these are mighty, for to God they go, as from God they originally came!!!
To be continued…………………………………………..
From The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.