"I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people,
and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. The remnant of Israel
shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue
be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none
shall make them afraid." ZEP 3:12-13.
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.
Do our afflictions humble us?
Do they deaden our love for the world?
Do they purge us from hypocrisy?
Do they bring us more earnestly to the
throne of grace?
Do they soften our hard hearts?
Do they uncover the
sinfulness of things we never before saw as sin?
When I look back on
the sins of my youth, they seem so grievous now, though in my youth I
never dreamt they were sin. As I grow in grace, I see more and more how
precious are the blood of Christ and the providence of God, in sparing
us and not allowing us to destroy ourselves in those sins. We also
become more gracious toward our fellow man when he is caught in sin
because we can see those same seeds of corruption in our own hearts.
Only the restraining grace of God prevents us from falling into those
very same sins.
There is consolation in Christ: "For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need," HEB 4:15-16. When somebody expresses
the spiritual weakness, struggles, afflictions, and evil tendencies of
their hearts, we can relate so well because we have been tried and
afflicted in the same way. What a brother we have in adversity! The
Lord Jesus Christ can relate to our temptations so well because He was
tempted in exactly the same way.
We have consolation in Christ because He understands every struggle.
That does not mean that we must be perfect before we can come to Christ, but
He understands every temptation because He was tempted in all things, "yet
Source: MOSC Group
Hunger of the Spirit
It is impossible for us to bring life into one who is spiritually dead.
We must wait upon the Lord on our knees, begging and beseeching that He
will bring life, breath, and food. We cannot give a spiritual
blessing to our own souls, but must wait upon the Lord to give that
blessing in due season.
Is Not Easy
While it may seem easy to be in faith , yet for the faith to be at work
God Knows Us Continually
This gospel teaches us one of the most blessed assurances
Christ's church has for its eternal security. If it depended upon
us following the Lord, then we could fall away, but it is not
possible because He has engraved us upon the palms of His
hands for eternity.