Category: Daily Living

But God was with him

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

But God was with him. Acts 7:9

This is one of the many “But Gods” in the Book that spell quite a difference. Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egypt, but God was with him. Joseph himself put it this way: “Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Gen. 50:20). What men thought was overruled by what God wrought. “Man proposes but God disposes.”

“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5, 6). No plottings of men, no combinations of circumstances can defeat the man who has God as his helper. Here is the secret of many a life, conspired against by ill health, poverty, evil men, foes in the household, the world, the flesh and the devil, but victorious, anyway – God was with him. The devil and men often overstep themselves, sell Joseph into Egypt, but God makes him Prime Minister! “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

And even in the last dark chapter we need not tremble at our Adversary, but triumph with our Ally – “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”

But God was with him. What a difference that makes!

by Vance Havner

 

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He left all of it!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone–for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle!” Proverbs 23:5

People are badly cheated in this world. They often imagine that gold, silver, houses, lands, and stocks are the real treasures. So they toil for these things and gather them into their possession, and pile up what they suppose to be wealth. Thus they live like princes in their fine houses, and call themselves millionaires.

But one day their supposed riches take to themselves wings and fly away like eagles to the skies. Or they may keep their wealth, perhaps, and die at last in the midst of it, and have a great funeral. But then they find that they cannot carry a penny of it with them!

“How much did he leave?” was asked about a rich man who had died.

“He left all of it!” was the answer.

If men only knew that there are other things far more worth setting eyes and heart upon–things which will never fly away–they would pass by these glittering unrealities–to lay hold of the true riches!

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived–what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9

by J.R. Miller