Month: April 2015

We Shall Wither, Fade, And Die!

James Smithby James Smith

“The Pastor’s Evening Visit”

“Like autumn leaves–we wither and fall!” Isaiah 64:6

What a contrast between an unchangeable God–and a sinner withering like a leaf! Yet, this is a true picture of us–and of all temporal things.

We began to look green and bright not long ago–and in a little time we shall wither, fade, and die!

“How short is life–and how full of trouble! Like a flower, we blossom for a moment–and then wither!” Job 14:1-2.

Humbling consideration! But it may be rendered very useful. Let us endeavor to profit by it.

We shall soon find that . . . health gives place to sickness; strength gives place to weakness; youth gives place to old age!

The dying bed, the coffin, and the grave–are just before us!

Brethren, the time is short! Eternity with all its glories is just before us!

Shall we soon wither and die? Let us therefore . . . make our calling and our election sure, not be overly concerned by anything that occurs here below, set our affections on things above, cultivate close and filial fellowship with God,
aim principally to please Him in all that we do, watch against a worldly spirit, pass the time of our sojourning here on earth, in fear, and lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven.

“Like autumn leaves–we wither and fall!” Isaiah 64:6

by James Smith

The Stone Was A Diamond

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“The Glory of the Commonplace”

One of the great diamond fields in South Africa was discovered in this interesting way: One day a traveler entered the valley, and paused before a settler’s door where a boy was amusing himself by throwing stones. One of the stones fell at the feet of the visitor; and he picked it up, and was about to return it to the boy when he saw a flash of light from it which arrested his attention, and made his heart beat with eager surprise. The stone was a diamond! The boy had no thought of its value; to him it was only a plaything. But to the eye of the man of knowledge, a gem of surprising value was unfolded in the rough covering!

So it is that many of the events of Divine Providence appear to ordinary eyes as uninteresting, without meaning, ofttimes as even unkindly, adverse. Yet in each event, there is wrapped up a divine treasure of good and blessing for the child of God! We need only eyes of Christian faith to find in every painful experience, a helper to our spiritual lives. Precious gems of rarest blessing are enclosed in the rough crusts of hardship, affliction, loss, and trial, which we are constantly coming upon in our life’s way. We shall find when we get to our Heavenly home, that many of the things from which we have shrunk as evils, have been the bearers to us of our richest treasures of good!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28

by J.R. Miller