Tag: Sorrows

In The Hardest Places

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest—Jeremiah 45:5

The Lord’s promise to Jeremiah was given for hard places. A promise of safety and life in the midst of tremendous pressure-a life for a prey.

We may well apply it to our own times, which are growing harder as we near the end of the age and the coming tribulation.

What is the meaning of a life for a prey? It means a life snatched from the jaws of the destroyer, as David snatched the lamb from the lion. It does not mean a place of security or of removal from the noise of battle and the presence of our foes. Rather, it means a table in the midst of our enemies, a shelter from the storm, a fortress amid the foe. it is a life preserved in the face of continual pressure. it is Paul’s healing when pressed out of measure so that he despaired even of life. It is Paul’s divine help when, though the thorn remained, the power of Christ rested upon him and the grace of Christ was sufficient.

Lord give me my life for a prey, and in the hardest places help me today to be victorious.

by A.B. Simpson

Thorns Into Crowns

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, Psalm 30:11

Messiah was to be crucified. Roman soldiers took thorns, wove them into a crown for His head to mock, torture and humiliate Him. We know the crown of thorns as a horrible thing, but there’s another side to it. In Genesis, the curse of the fall is epitomized by thorns. “The ground shall bear thorns for you.” So why did Messiah wear a crown of thorns? Because He was becoming the King of the Curse. The power of Messiah is so strong that He can even make thorns into a crown. He can take your sorrows and wounds and make them beautiful and glorious. Give Him every part of your life even the worst part, and thank Him for it. Because even the hard things, in His grace, will be used for your good. He is a King that not only wears a crown of thorns but wears the thorns that are turned into a crown. If you follow Him, then all the things in your life that make you say, “Why God?” will be turned around. He will take your thorns and weave them into a crown of glory.

Today’s Mission – Take all the thorns in your life and give them to Messiah, to take them and weave them into a crown. Cast all your burdens upon Him.

by Jonathan Cahn