See the hand of God

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Almighty has afflicted me!” Ruth 1:21

“The cup which My Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:11

All the injuries and unkind treatments we meet with from others, do not come to us by chance, but are ordained by the all-wise God for our good.

Many are like the foolish cur that snarls at the stick, never looking to the hand that swung it. If we looked higher than instruments, our hearts would grow meek and calm. Instruments can no more stir until God gives them a commission–than the ax can cut by itself without a hand. David looked beyond Shimei’s rage: “Let him curse, for the Lord has bidden him!” 2 Samuel 16:11

What wisdom for Christians–to see the hand of God in all the barbarisms and incivilities of men! Job eyed God in his affliction, and that meekened his spirit: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised!” Job 1:21. He does not say, The Chaldeans have taken away–but “The Lord has taken away.”

Whoever brings an affliction, it is God who sends it.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other!” Ecclesiastes 7:14

“What? Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?” Job 2:10

by Thomas Watson

The Room Of Nails

Jonathan Cahn 90x115by Jonathan Cahn

An imprisoned Christian in communist Bulgaria was put into a tiny cell with nails inside that pressed into him at the slightest movement. When his captors closed the door, he prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The warden, not knowing what he meant, ordered the door opened and asked the prisoner. When the commanding officer returned, he found the prisoner and the warden kneeling before God in worship. The warden turned to the officer and said “I’m no longer under your orders. I belong to the Messiah.” He too was put in prison. Whatever you’re going through, chances are it’s not worse than being tortured in a cell covered with nails in a communist prison. Yet this believer managed to love and pray for his enemies. The result was his enemy was saved. Messiah tells you to forgive your trespassers, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. Start forgiving, praying, and blessing them with an act of love. Because the love and grace of God in Messiah is the strongest force on earth that turns even the worst of your problems into victory.

Today’s Mission – Today, pray for your enemies, and even bless them with an act of love.

by Jonathan Cahn