Tag: Temporal

Yes, Everything is Wrong . . . Until Jesus Makes It Right

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself . . . whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20

Men and women without God are helpless and hopeless human beings. We do well to remember that sin is to the human nature what cancer is to the human body! Who can argue with the fact that sin has ruined us? Our feverish activity is only one sign of what is wrong with us—sin has plunged us into the depths and so marked us with mortality that we have become brother to the clay. But God never meant it to be so.

I recall being invited to speak at a summer conference where much of the emphasis is upon fun and amusement and jokes, something like Hollywood, I suppose. After my sessions there, the pastor-director told me frankly of his wife’s reaction: “Honey, after listening to Dr. Tozer, can it be true that there isn’t anything good in this world?” Well, I know she had a Bible in her house and I consider her query one of the foolish questions of our times. Of course the world makes its own argument that there are things that can be considered good on the human level-but they belong to us only for a brief day. Nothing is divinely good until it bears the imprint of our Lord Jesus Christ! Men and women may argue and make excuses, but it does not change the fact that in our human society we are completely surrounded by three marks of the ancient curse: everything is recent, temporal and transient! That is why the Holy Spirit whispers faithfully, reminding us of the Christ of God, eternity walking in flesh, God Almighty come to live among us and to save—actually to give us eternity!

by A.W. Tozer

You Are My Refuge

J.R. Miller Imageby J.R. Miller

“Help for the Day”

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” Deuteronomy 33:27

“You are my refuge–my portion in the land of the living!” Psalm 142:5

Often we do not learn the depth and riches of God’s love, and the sweetness of His presence–until our earthly joys vanish out of our hands, and other beloved presences fade away out of sight.

The loss of temporal things seems often to be necessary to empty our hearts–that they may receive unseen and eternal realities. The heart’s door is never fully opened to Him–until the soul’s worldly joys are removed; then, while it stands open, He enters bearing into it immortal joys!

How often is it true, that the sweeping away of our earthly hopes reveals the glory of our heart’s refuge in God! Someone has beautifully said, “Our refuges are like the nests of birds: in summer they are hidden among the green leaves–but in winter they are seen among the bare branches.” Worldly losses but strip off the foliage, and disclose to us our heart’s warm nest in the bosom of God!

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble!” Psalm 9:9

“God is our refuge and strength–a very present help in trouble!” Psalm 46:1

“You are my strong refuge!” Psalm 71:7

by J.R. Miller