"Go again seven times."-1 Kings 18:43
Success is certain
when the Lord has promised it. Although you may have pleaded month after
month without evidence of answer, it is not possible that the Lord should be
deaf when His people are earnest in a matter which concerns His glory. Six
times the servant returned, but on each occasion no word was spoken but "Go
again." We must not dream of unbelief, but hold to our faith even to seventy
times seven. Faith sends expectant hope to look from Carmel's brow, and if
nothing is beheld, she sends again and again. So far from being crushed by
repeated disappointment, faith is animated to plead more fervently with her
God. She is humbled, but not abashed: her groans are deeper, and her
sighings more vehement, but she never relaxes her hold or stays her hand. It
would be more agreeable to flesh and blood to have a speedy answer, but
believing souls have learned to be submissive, and to find it good to wait
for as well as upon the Lord.
Delayed answers often set the heart searching itself, and so lead to
contrition and spiritual reformation: deadly blows are thus struck at our
corruption, and the chambers of imagery are cleansed. The great danger is
lest men should faint, and miss the blessing. Reader, do not fall into that
sin, but continue in prayer and watching. At last the little cloud was seen,
the sure forerunner of torrents of rain, and even so with you, the token for
good shall surely be given, and you shall rise as a prevailing prince to
enjoy the mercy you have sought. Elijah was a man of like passions with us:
his power with God did not lie in his own merits. If his believing prayer
availed so much, why not yours?
Source: MOSC Group
Why we suffer?
Afflictions are one thing,
but consolations are another. Whether
temporal or spiritual, afflictions can prepare our hearts for the
consolation that the precious blood of Christ has washed away our sin.
Finding Happiness -
What does it take for man to find true happiness in the world that we live in? How can a person be content in this fast-paced, drive-thru society that we are a part of? For that matter, what does it mean to be content, or be in a state of contentment, and how does an individual arrive at the heels of contentment?