“Our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psa. 115:3).
Being God, He consults no one; yet being omniscient and infinitely holy, He does only
that which is good and right. But we are finite creatures; yea, fallen creatures, and sin has
darkened our understanding. Therefore we are quite incompetent to gauge or grasp God’s
ways; and to criticize or murmur against them is the height of impiety and wickedness:
“Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast Thou made me thus?” (Rom.
9:20). True spirituality and practical godliness consist in yielding ourselves to the sovereign
and perfect will of God, bowing submissively unto whatever He lays upon us, seeking
grace to do whatever He commands us.
Much that God does is displeasing to the flesh, and sin within rises up and rebels.
This is the very nature of sin: to oppose God, to be dissatisfied with His appointments.
Daily does the Christian need to ask God to lay His cooling and quietening hand upon
him. Daily doe he need to beg Him to increase his faith, so that his confidence in Him
may be so entire that he will not call into question any of His dealings with him; but
rather will say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (v. 15). That is the
great secret of real and lasting peace of heart. But that is something to which all the unregenerate
are total strangers, though they will not acknowledge it, and try hard to conceal
it. A heart which is truly at rest is one that realizes that God (and not the Devil) is on the
throne of the universe, directing all things by His unerring wisdom and making all things
“work together for good” unto His own people.
It is true that even to the Christian many of God’s ways are profoundly mysterious: if
they were not, there would be no room for the exercise of faith. If the writer or the reader
were on the throne and had all power at his disposal, he would order things in this world
very different from what they now are. Yes, and that would only manifest what a fool he
is. How so? Because Perfect Wisdom is now directing all the concerns of every life and
all the affairs of this world as a whole, and therefore the very desire to altar what is, only
exhibits our folly. Faith knows that unerring wisdom is regulating all things; that One too
wise to err holds the helm in His hand, and that He “doeth all things well.” Though to
sight and sense things seem to be all out of order, though human reason is quite unable to
perceive the perfection of God’s governmental ways and providential dealings, faith
knows that “of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things” (Rom 11:36).
God could put an end to all sin in the world right now did He so please. So to He
could save every sinner on earth this moment did He so choose. As to why He does not
do so, we cannot tell; nor is it any of our business! Our business is not to mount the
bench and pass judgment on the ways and dealings of the Most High: that is what the
Devil once sought to do, and it resulted in his eternal undoing. Our business is to be clay
in the hands of the Potter; to unmurmingly submit to His holy and sovereign pleasure, to
lie passive, and be molded by Him. Our business is to take our place in the dust before
the Almighty, and say, Lord, in Thy mercy subdue my rebellious will, quieten my restless
soul, purify my unbelieving heart. Our business is to delight ourselves in the Lord (Psa.
37:4), and to give thanks “always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).
We live in the midst of a rebellious generation who are ever murmuring and complaining
at God’s appointments: grumbling at His weather, chaffing at His restrictions,
belching forth their discontent every time He crosses their wills. Verily, “the poison of
asps is under their lips” (Rom. 3:13). And my reader, unless we are constantly on our
guard, we shall be corrupted by them, learn their evil ways, and acquire their wicked
speech. Our safeguard is to have as little to do with them as possible, and to cultivate
more and more communion with Him who never murmured, but always delighted in the
Father’s will—A.W. Pink
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It is communion with the Lord that conforms us to His image. We shall not be more Christlike until we walk more frequently and more closely with Him. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18). The second consequence of real communion with God is that we will be less occupied with ourselves. Though Moses’ face shone with "a light not seen on land or sea," he did not know it. This illustrates a vital difference between self-righteous Pharisaism and true godliness; the former produces complacency and pride, the latter leads to self-abnegation and humility. The Pharisee (there are many of his tribe still on earth) boasts of his attainments, advertises his imaginary spirituality, and thanks God he is not as other men. But the one who, by grace, enjoys much fellowship with the Lord learns of Him who was "meek and lowly in heart," and says, "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory" (Ps. 115:1). Engaged with the beauty of the Lord, he is delivered from self occupation, and is therefore unconscious of the very fruit of the Spirit being brought forth in him. But though he is not aware of his increasing conformity to Christ, others are.