Day: July 18, 2013

Let God Choose

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

After Lot “chose him all the plain of Jordan” (Genesis 13:11), God told Abram to look in all directions, for all that he saw was to be his. Lot chose for himself; Abram chose to let God choose for him. The greatest choice a man ever makes is to let God make his choice. God’s people can afford to let Lot choose first; we are going to inherit the whole earth anyway. God is our Rewarder but He is also our Reward, even as He said to Abram,

“I am…thy exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1).

Blessed is the man who stops making a Santa Claus out of the Lord, forever asking for this and that, and comes to that better place where he can sing: Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest; Now Thee alone I seek, Give what is best.

by Vance Havner

The Benefit of Storms

J.C. Ryle ImageJ.C. Ryle

Your trials may be many and great. Your cross may be very heavy. But the business of your soul is all conducted according to an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure. All things are working together for your good. Your sorrows are only purifying your soul for glory; your bereavements are only fashioning you as a polished stone for the temple above, made without hands. From whatever quarter the storms blow, they only drive you nearer to heaven! Whatever weather you may go through it is only ripening you for the garner of God. Your best things are quite safe.

J.C. Ryle