Day: July 13, 2011

Eternal Truth, Present Fact

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Faith sometimes means a calm, quiet, passive, humble confidence that goes on its way, resting not in itself but in the Faithful One. But there is the other aspect, when faith becomes “an affirmation and an act that bids eternal truth be present fact.” There is a reckless, almost fierce, faith that laughs in the teeth of circumstance and shouts, like Paul in the storm, “I believe God,” and affirms, though a legion of demons mock, “Let God be true but every man a liar.”

The affirmation and act that bids eternal truth be present fact is no dainty, hothouse sort of thing. Present fact can be awfully stubborn, and things as they are look woefully unlike what God says they may be. “A sense of things real comes doubly strong” sometimes. Bidding eternal truth be present fact may seem the wildest of fancies. But all children of Abraham do well to remember that he “hoped against hope” and considered not the impossible.

If present fact looks hopeless and eternal truth seems far removed, remember that Abraham saw them become one because “he believed God.”

by Vance Havner

His Promise Is Good

Charles Spurgeon 90x115by Charles Spurgeon

He cannot be a glorious God, unless his people ultimately be a glorified people; he cannot be true, unless his people be kept to the end, for he has pledged his honor for their safety. Jesus has said, “I give unto my sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.” Yea, the Lord himself hath declared that, “Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation, they shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.” Heaven and earth shall pass away, but God’s word shall not fail, sun and moon shall cease their shining, but he will not alter the thing which hath gone forth of his lips. Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

by Charles Spurgeon