Tag: Stones

The enclosed garden

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

A garden enclosed —Song of Solomon 4:12

The figure here is of a beautiful, fruitful enclosure, not a wilderness. Garden soil is cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or wilderness. The idea of a garden is culture. The ground has to be prepared, to be broken up by ploughing, to be mellowed by harrowing. All the stones have to be removed and the roots of all natural growth dug up. The good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not prosper in our natural soil. We all feel we should try to improve the old nature, but that is not God’s way. His method is to get self out of the way entirely, and let Him create anew out of nothing, so that all shall be of Him; and Jesus will be the acknowledged Alpha and Omega.

The thing we want to learn here is to die. There can be no real life till self dies. And we dare not try to die ourselves, but ask God to slay us; He will make a thorough work of it.

by A.B. Simpson

Angels Ahead

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. Mark 16:3,4

Others, like Dr. Jowett, have caught the precious lesson of these verses. How often have we set out expecting trouble and dreading difficulty ahead, to find upon arrival that God had ‘rolled away the stone’! Like the lepers in Samaria’s gate, we venture forward, to find that God has scattered the enemy.

What ‘stone’ lies ahead of you? You are wondering how you will get it rolled away, you lie awake all night making plans to remove tomorrow’s obstacle. And how often have you reached the place appointed, to find that God had anticipated your dilemma.

Some stones we can roll away. ‘Take ye away the stone,’ commanded Jesus at Lazarus’ grave. Some hindrances we can remove, and we must if the miracle is to follow. But the stone that is too big for us God’s angel can handle.

Some saints in weakened condition wonder how it will be when they come to death. Fear not. The grave could not hold Jesus nor will it hold you. For Him the stone which enemies thought they had made sure would hold Him in the grave was turned into a throne of triumph with an angel sitting on it.

Do not walk in dread. God’s angel will arrive at the dilemma first. Are you looking for stones ahead or angels ahead?

by Vance Havner