Short reads for God's glory and your benefit
It was not by any means an easy task that was given to Jonah—his mission to Nineveh. There was no Board of Missions behind him with ample funds. There were no comfortable missionary quarters in Nineveh to receive him. There were no fine railroads to carry him there. The journey was long, the duty was hard and full of danger.
The Scripture, though, teaches us a more magnificent truth: all the events of our life, and all the events in the lives of those around us, occur by the appointment of the Most High for his glory and for our good.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Eccl. 12.13-14)
What idol do you worship? What has been set upon the “high place” in your life? What or who is it that you cannot live without? Is there anything that you desire more than God?
Whether I starve or eat, whether I live under communism or capitalism, whether I am free or enslaved, God is working to conform me to the image of Christ that I might be pleasing unto him. As we enter into this new year, let us strive to put on this mindset, and mortify the anxiety of our flesh.
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words "shall come." He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they "shall come."
As to your opponent, I wish, that, before you set pen to paper against him, and during the whole time you are preparing your answer, you may commend him by earnest prayer to the Lord’s teaching and blessing.