Day: November 15, 2013

Angels Ahead

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. Mark 16:3,4

Others, like Dr. Jowett, have caught the precious lesson of these verses. How often have we set out expecting trouble and dreading difficulty ahead, to find upon arrival that God had ‘rolled away the stone’! Like the lepers in Samaria’s gate, we venture forward, to find that God has scattered the enemy.

What ‘stone’ lies ahead of you? You are wondering how you will get it rolled away, you lie awake all night making plans to remove tomorrow’s obstacle. And how often have you reached the place appointed, to find that God had anticipated your dilemma.

Some stones we can roll away. ‘Take ye away the stone,’ commanded Jesus at Lazarus’ grave. Some hindrances we can remove, and we must if the miracle is to follow. But the stone that is too big for us God’s angel can handle.

Some saints in weakened condition wonder how it will be when they come to death. Fear not. The grave could not hold Jesus nor will it hold you. For Him the stone which enemies thought they had made sure would hold Him in the grave was turned into a throne of triumph with an angel sitting on it.

Do not walk in dread. God’s angel will arrive at the dilemma first. Are you looking for stones ahead or angels ahead?

by Vance Havner

If We Will Only Get Out of The Way

A.B. Simpson Imageby A.B. Simpson

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ—2 Corinthians 10:5

If we would abide in Christ we must have no confidence in self. Self-repression must be ever the prime necessity of divine fullness and efficiency. How quickly we want to spring to the front when any emergency arises. When something in which we are interested comes up, we say what we think under some sudden impulse. Then perhaps there are weeks of taking back our thoughts and taking the Lord’s instead.

It is only when we get out of the way of the Lord that He can use us. So, let us leave self behind us, always suspending our will about everything until we have looked at the issue and said: “Lord, what is Your will? What is Your thought about it?”

Those who thus abide in Christ have the habit of reserve and quiet; they are not rattling and reckless talkers, they will not always have an opinion about everything-and they will not always know what they are going to do. There will be a deferential holding back of judgment and walking softly with God. It is our headlong, impulsive spirit that keeps us so constantly from hearing and following the Lord.

by A.B. Simpson