Tag: Circumstances

Whatever and where ever!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

When Ruth pledged her allegiance to Naomi and to the God of Israel, it wasn’t based on, “What ifs?” or circumstances. It was a faith rooted in her devotion to Naomi and God even to the point of death!

So often, I’ve received emails from people wondering why? “Why this?” or “Why that?” But honestly, “His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts” — and I don’t have easy answers for much of the horrendous stuff that happens to us! But what I do know is our faith is not based on “if this” circumstance was changed then I could serve — or “if this” problem didn’t exist then my life would be so much easier!

We tend to look at our circumstances, our problems, our status, our situations — however the faith we’re called to have is a “whatever and where ever” faith!

Let’s stop looking at the “what ifs” and “why that” and start looking to the “Who” of your life! The “who” of your life should be Yeshua (Jesus) — and when He is the “Who” of your life — then the rest of your life is “whatever and where ever” for your good and His glory!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

The highest class in the school of Christ

by J.A. James

1848

“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

By patience, we mean a quiet waiting, amidst sufferings and sorrows–for the heavenly kingdom. Patience is an uncomplaining willingness to remain any length of time, and amidst any tribulation, for eternal glory.

No circumstances of life–let the sufferer hear and drink in the soul-comforting thought–no circumstances of life seem to ripen the Christian so fast or so perfectly for Heaven–as the experience of sorrow and affliction. Oh! then let our comforts go, then let our eyes weep, then let our hearts bleed–if our Father is thus ripening us for everlasting fruition and inconceivable bliss!

“But patience must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4

When we are enabled to exercise the grace of patience, we have reached the highest class in the school of Christ, have nothing more to learn upon earth, and are ready and fit to depart, and to be with Jesus–and have then obtained as much grace as can be possessed, short of glory itself!

Patience then, sufferer, patience! The first moment, and the first glance of Heaven will be an infinite recompense for all that you suffer–for all that you lose on earth! If every step on earth is a step of suffering–then let each be a step of patience!

Weep you may–murmur you must not.

Nature may pay the tribute of a groan–but grace must pay it with a smile.

The shower of your tears may fall–but the rays of the Sun of Righteousness must reflect the beauteous rainbow of the promise.

Christian, you make your way to glory along the path of patient resignation, which, if it is like the Valley of Weeping, and has its briars and its thorns–has also its refreshing rain-pools of heavenly consolation!

by J.A. James