Day: September 25, 2011

The “Go” of Preparation

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift—Matthew 5:23-24

It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent in our present level of experience. The Christian life requires preparation and more preparation.

The Last Laugh

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

When the body of Jesus was laid away in the tomb, it looked as if sin and death and the devil had had their way. It looked as if Herod and Caiaphas and Pilate and all the enemies of God had triumphed. But three days later, Jesus came out of that tomb! He had His way! So today it looks as though communism and secularism and atheism and lawless-ness are having their way, but they don’t have the last move. Khrushchev quoted the old proverb, “He who laughs last laughs best” but the last laugh will be God’s.

“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision” (Psalm 2:4).

“The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming” (Psalm 37:13-14).

by Vance Havner