Tag: Righteous

Faith to say…

A.W. Pinkby A.W. Pink

“The Sovereignty of God”

Because God is righteous–His judgments fall upon those who rebel against Him. Because God is faithful–the solemn threatenings of His Word are fulfilled. Because God is omnipotent–none can successfully resist Him, still less overthrow His counsel. Because God is omniscient–no problem can master Him, and no difficulty baffle His wisdom.

Faith endures “as seeing Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27) Faith endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life–by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err–and too loving to be unkind.

So long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself–there will be neither rest for the heart, nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand–then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings–whether in a hovel, a prison-dungeon, or a martyr’s stake–we shall be enabled to say, “The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places!” (Psalm 16:6). But that is the language of faith–not of sight or of sense.

There is no higher aspect of faith, than that which brings the heart to patiently submit unto whatever God sends unto us; to meekly acquiesce unto His sovereign will; and to say, “Shall I not drink the cup of suffering which my Father has given me?” Faith when it reaches the pinnacle of attainment declares, “though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him!”

“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine!” Luke 22:42

by A.W. Pink

The grace of God exempts no one from trouble!

J.C. Ryleby J.C. Ryle

The Gospel of Luke” 1858

“And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.” Luke 1:6-7

Let us mark in this passage, the heavy trial which God was pleased to lay on Zachariah and Elizabeth. We are told that they had no child. The full force of these words can hardly be understood by a modern Christian. To an ancient Jew, they would convey the idea of a very weighty affliction. To be childless, was one of the bitterest of sorrows. (1 Samuel 1:10)

The grace of God exempts no one from trouble! As righteous as this holy priest and his wife were–they had a “crook in their lot.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13)

Let us remember this, if we serve Christ–and let us not count trials as strange things. Let us rather believe that a hand of perfect wisdom is measuring out all our portion; and that when God chastises us–it is to make us “partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:10)

If afflictions drive us nearer to Christ, the Bible, and prayer–then they are positive blessings. We may not think so now. But we shall think so, when we wake up in the eternal world.

by J.C. Ryle