Words of Blessing and Encouragement

The path that leads to joy is a hard road. It’s hard for us, and it was hard for Jesus. It cost him his life. It may cost us ours.
~~ John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

To complain against God is in effect to deny His holiness and to say that He is somehow not fair and just. It is less injury to Him to deny His being than to deny the purity of it; the one makes Him no God, the other a deformed, unlovely, and a detestable God…He that saith God is not holy and right speaks much worse than he that saith there is no God at all.
~~ Stephen Churnock, 17th century

What our heavenly Father ordains is wise and good. What, then, my soul, is it best for thee to do? Learn first to be content with this divine order, and be willing, with Job, to receive evil from the hand of the Lord as well as good. Study next, to make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice. Praise the Lord for the sun of joy when it rises, and for the gloom of evening as it falls. There is beauty both in sunrise and sunset, sing of it, and glorify the Lord. Like the nightingale, pour forth thy notes at all hours. Believe that the night is as useful as the day. The dews of grace fall heavily in the night of sorrow. The stars of promise shine forth gloriously amid the darkness of grief. Continue thy service under all changes. If in the day thy watchword be labour, at night exchange it for watch. Every hour has its duty, do thou continue in thy calling as the Lord’s servant until he shall suddenly appear in his glory.
~~ Spurgeon

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie
    Jun 01, 2010 @ 23:32:45

    Amen. Blessings flow while trusting His wisdom.I thought of this song while I read your post:http://www.sovereigngracemusic.org/albums/category/sovereign_grace_music/in_a_little_whileClick on "Whatever My God Ordains is Right" to hear a snippet, (a new tune to an old hymn). Here are more lyrics to the old hymn:Whate’er my God ordains is right:His holy will abideth;I will be still whate’er He doth;And follow where He guideth;He is my God; though dark my road,He holds me that I shall not fall:Wherefore to Him I leave it all.Whate’er my God ordains is right:He never will deceive me;He leads me by the proper path:I know He will not leave me.I take, content, what He hath sent;His hand can turn my griefs away,And patiently I wait His day.Whate’er my God ordains is right:He is my Friend and Father;He suffers naught to do me harm,Though many storms may gather,Now I may know both joy and woe,Some day I shall see clearlyThat He hath loved me dearly.Whate’er my God ordains is right:Though now this cup, in drinking,May bitter seem to my faint heart,I take it, all unshrinking.My God is true; each morn anewSweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,And pain and sorrow shall depart.

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  2. Laurel
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 00:42:06

    What encouraging words! Thanks, Laurie. I wasn't familiar with that.

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