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Storms

Storms

Storms at sea are never pleasant. Awesome, frightening, but hardly enjoyable. Yet the lessons learned in the storm can be of significant value for another day and another circumstance. Almost the whole chapter of Acts 27 is devoted to the events surrounding a storm. There are lessons we may learn from this storm. God knows that each of us at some time or other must pass through our own deep waters. It is not “If thou passest through the water,” it is “When…”

One lesson is that God allows His people to suffer alongside the ungodly in the circumstances of life. God’s servants were in that storm because the sailors would not believe the words of Paul. Many of the Lord’s people must suffer because of the attitude of those who will not believe. Salvation of the soul is no escape from the common trials of life…not yet. The fallacy of the false gospel that declares, “God wants you healthy and God wants you wealthy” has driven many a simple soul into despair when they suffer pain and poverty. If it was preached instead, “God wants you holy,” that would be in harmony with the Word.

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He Purposes A Crop

My wife and I pray together every morning for the members of our assembly and for a needy world as well as ourselves. It is a privilege the Lord has granted to us in these days, to engage with others in intercession and we are able to do so in a greater measure than ever before now that child rearing is long passed and increasing age has forced us into semi-retirement. We are learning that the things that happen to all as we go through the cycles of life may bring not only unwanted experiences but increased opportunities. For the Christian nothing is without purpose or meaning. F.W. Faber wrote:

“Ill that He blesses is our good, And unbless’d good is ill;
And all is right that
seems most wrong,
If it be His sweet will.

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