Love of God; Mercy & Voice of Cross
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Faithfulness and His Promises
No temptation has overtaken
you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who
will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but
with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you
may be able to bear it. (1Co_10:13)
When we are considering the promises of God, it is invaluable
to keep His faithfulness in view. Our present verse helps us
focus on the faithfulness of God, while offering to us more
promises from our God of promises.
The setting for our meditation is temptations (or, testings).
"No temptation has overtaken you." It is interesting to note
that this word translated as temptation could also be rendered
as "testing." This gives insight into the frequent question
that is raised during difficult times: "Is this the enemy, or
is this the Lord?" In the midst of the battles of life, the
enemy of our souls wants to entice us into wrong responses
like doubt, fear, or compromise. On the other hand, in the
same battles, the Lord wants to test us (to exercise our
faith). Appropriately, this one term can be used for both
situations. Thus, in any temptation or testing, we can be
assured that our struggles are not unique. "No temptation [or,
testing] has overtaken you except such as is common to man."
Whatever our struggle, the Lord has dealt with it innumerable
However, there is a far more significant factor here than the
commonplace nature of our difficulties. That is the
faithfulness of God: "but God is faithful." This is the
pivotal issue in our impossibilities. Too often, we find
ourselves fainting at the challenges that we face. We sense
our own unreliability. We are concerned that we may prove
unfaithful. God wants us to concentrate on His faithfulness.
After reminding us of God's faithfulness, the Spirit brought
forth two promises that bring hope to those in temptations and
testings. First, God will not allow battles that are
inappropriate for our stage of spiritual growth. He "will not
allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able." Second, God
will eventually provide a way out of the battle. He "will also
make the way of escape." If our spiritual development can only
properly respond in faith to the enemy's "mortar shells," the
Lord will not allow him to drop spiritual "atomic bombs" on
us. Also, whatever the difficulty involves, the Lord will see
us through ("that you may be able to bear it"). Furthermore,
He will eventually rescue us as well. We can count on God
fulfilling these promises, because "God is faithful."
Dear Lord, thank You for
exposing the lie of the enemy that my trials are unique. Thank
You for promising to see me through and bring me out. Lord,
help me to rest my expectations on Your faithfulness, in Jesus
Once More on
God's Ability and His Promises
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think . . . . (Eph_3:20)
These opening words from one of the most well-known
benedictions in all of the New Testament offers a unique opportunity to consider God's
ability, as related to His promises. How able is God? He is "able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think. " Could we possibly ask for more than God
has already promised? Could we properly think greater things than God has promised?
Well, let's reflect upon some of the promises of God that we have already considered.
We have seen that God promised to make a mighty nation with world-wide blessings from
one man, Abraham. "I will make you a great nation . . . and in you all the families of
the earth shall be blessed" (Gen_12:2-3). God also promised to deliver His people from
bondage into an abundant land. "I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt . .
. to a land flowing with milk and honey" (Exo_3:17). He also promised to fight for His
people. "The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you" (Deu_1:30).
Additionally, God promised an eternal kingdom for his people, through the line of
David. "And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your
throne shall be established forever" (2Sa_7:16). Further, God promised that His
Messiah would sit on that eternal throne. "A Branch shall grow out of his roots. The
Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him" (Isa_11:1-2).
Moreover, God promised that Messiah would be a unique King. "A bruised reed He will
not break, and smoking flax He will not quench" (Isa_42:3). Ultimately, the Father
promised that the Messiah Himself (Jesus) would be the new covenant of grace. "I, the
LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will . . . give You as a covenant to the
people" (Isa_42:6). Correspondingly, the Lord promised that this covenant of grace
would provide forgiveness of sins ("I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I
will remember no more" — Jer_31:34), intimacy with God ("They all shall know Me, from
the least of them to the greatest of them" — Jer_31:34), and an inner work of God to
change us from the inside out ("I will put My law in their minds, and write it on
their hearts" — Jer_31:33).
Certainly, we could not ask or think beyond these promises. Yet, our God is able to do
far beyond these extraordinary matters. What confidence this gives us regarding God's
promises, as well as every prayer we offer based on these promises!
Almighty God, how often I underestimate Your ability and
thereby end up doubting Your promises. Lord, I praise You that You are able to do far
beyond my prayers or thoughts — and every promise that You have ever made!
SECRET OF THE QUIET HEART
"Be still, and know that I am God."--
"Sit still, my daughter, for the man will not rest, until he have finished the
thing this day."-- Rth_3:18.
PARADISE HAS vanished from our world, as the
picture of a landscape vanishes when swept by storm. And our race stands in
much the same plight as did Naomi and Ruth in this old-world story. We have
lost our inheritance, and the one barrier which stands between us and despair
is the Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, thank God, we need have
no doubt as to the sequel. For as Boaz claimed back the estate for Ruth, so
may we be confident that Jesus Christ will never be at rest till this
sin-stained and distracted world is restored to her primitive order and
beauty, as when the morning-stars sang for joy.
Jesus is our near Kinsman by His assumption of our nature. He is the nearest
and dearest Friend of our race, who stooped to die for our redemption. And the
fact that He carried our nature in Himself to heaven, and wears it there, is
an indissoluble bond between us. Sit still! do not fret! He will never fail,
as He will certainly never forsake!
Let us seek the quiet heart in our prayers.
Prayer must arise within us as a fountain from unknown depths. But we must
leave it to God to answer in His own wisest way. We are so impatient, and
think that God does not answer. A child asked God for fine weather on her
birthday, and it rained! Some one said, "God didn't answer your prayer." "Oh
yes," she replied, "He did, God always answers, but He said No!" God always
answers! He never fails! Be still! If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, we
ask what we will, and it is done. As a sound may dislodge an avalanche, so the
prayer of faith sets in motion the power of God.
In times of difficulty--be still! Thine enemies are plotting thine overthrow!
They laugh at thy strong confidence! But hast thou not heard His voice saying:
"This is the way, walk ye in it"? Then leave Him to deal with thy foes from
whatever quarter they come. He is thy Rock, and rocks do not shake. He is thy
High Tower, and a high tower cannot be flooded. Thou needest mercy, and to Him
belongeth mercy. Do not run hither and thither in panic! Just quietly wait,
hushing thy soul, as He did the fears of His friends on the eve of Gethsemane
and Calvary. "Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him." "Be still, for He
will not rest, until He hath finished the thing this day."
If this day I should get lost amid the perplexities of life and the rush of
many duties, do Thou search me out, gracious Lord, and bring me back into the
quiet of Thy presence. AMEN.
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