Precious Jesus

"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, October 29, 2009

God shoots many kinds of arrows

"May your will be done" - Matthew 6:10
We pray here that we may have grace to submit to God's will patiently, in whatever He afflicts. Patient submission to God's will is a gracious frame of soul, whereby a Christian is content to be at God's disposal and acquiesces in His wisdom...'it is the Lord's will, let Him do what He thinks best'- 1 Samuel 3:18
Patient submission to the will of God lies in seeing His hand in the affliction--'affliction does not spring from the soil, and trouble does not sprout from the earth' Job 5:6. Affliction does not come by chance! Job eyed God in all that befell him--'the Lord gave me everything that I have, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!'Job 1:21. Job looks beyond second causes, he sees God in the affliction. There can be no submission to God's will until there is an acknowledging of God's hand in the affliction.
While we live here in this valley of tears, patient submission to God's will is much needed. The Lord sometimes lays heavy afflictions upon us--'your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me!' Psalm 38:2. God sometimes lays many afflictions upon us; 'He multiplies my wounds'-Job 9:17. God shoots many kinds of arrows.
God sometimes afflicts with poverty---which is a great affliction. To have an estate almost reduced to nothing is hard on flesh and blood. "The Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty." -Ruth 1:20,21
God sometimes afflicts with reproach. Dirt may be cast upon a pearl, and those names may be blotted which are written in the book of life. Piety shields from hell, but not from slander.
God sometimes afflicts with death of loved ones. "Son of man, I am going to take away your dearest treasure. Suddenly she will die." Ezekiel 24:16
God sometimes afflicts with infirmity of body. Sickness takes away the comfort of life. Sometimes God lets the infirmity continue long. Some diseases are chronic, and linger and hang about the body for many years. The Lord is pleased to exercise many of His precious ones with chronic affliction.
God tries His people with various afflictions, so that they have need of patient submission to His will. Murmuring is NOT consistent with submission to God's will. Murmuring is the height of impatience, it is a kind of mutiny in the soul against God--'they began to murmur against God'--Numbers 21:15
When water is hot, then the scum boils up; when the heart is heated with anger against God, then murmuring boils up. Murmuring springs from pride. Men think they have deserved better at God's hand and when, they begin to swell with pride, they spit poison.

From Thomas Watson's 'The Lord's Prayer'