A Reminder

6 Jul

I know it’s taking me awhile to get through my study on the fruit of the Spirit, but God just keeps leading me elsewhere in His Word! I never cease to be amazed by His work in the details of my everyday life. I will be forever in awe of His incredible ability to take Scripture that I studied months ago and bring it out again in a way that applies to where I am today. I am filled with such admiration for a God who chooses to be “very present help” (Psalm 46:1) in the lives of His children. I know I may often times sound like a broken record, but I cannot get over (nor do I want to get over!) the awesome God I serve! 🙂

I often begin my morning devotions by reading Charles Spurgeon’s Morning devotional. This morning, the topic of the devotion took me back to March, reminding me of the study I did on Elijah. Oh how I needed that reminder! I am posting the devotion here in it’s entirety, knowing you all will benefit from it!

Charles Spurgeon’s AM devotional for 07/06

“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
–Proverbs 1:33

Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it I shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, He punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while He did this, He took care that His own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but He had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab’s table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save His people under heaven, He will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon His promise; rest in His faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.

post-it-noteRemember how God provided for Elijah when the Brook Cherith dried up? Remember how the widow woman and her son were blessed by Elijah’s obedience to leave the Brook even though it meant a long journey through the wilderness in order to get to Zarephath? Elijah would’ve missed God’s provision in Zarephath had he refused to leave the Brook because of it’s familiarity and comfort. (See March 13th post “Finding Blessing’s By the Brook” and March 18th post “Waiting”)

Not only did this devotion, remind me of the study I did on Elijah, but also of a more recent study of Obadiah in May. Obadiah too was obedient and was used to bless God’s people. (See May 26th post, ‘Going When God Says “Go!”‘)

I needed to be reminded of these faithful men who followed God despite uncertainty. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is “quick” or living therefore it doesn’t just work today and then cease to do so. After we feast upon it, it is forever in our hearts. The Lord will continually bring His Word to mind to strengthen and help us.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11) Truly, God’s Word was “fitly spoken” this morning! I pray this reminder of His faithfulness blessed you as it did me! Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

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