Affliction and Learning

"Before I was afflicted I went astray..." Psalm 119:67 "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes." Ps. 119:71 "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel." Phil. 1:12 -------------------- Sometimes we have to go backwards in order to better go forward. Life’s reverses—its setbacks—are often our biggest helps in advancing. We ha...

Deep Waters

"God’s people are hurting." Oh how often we hear these very true words during these perilous times. There are reports of unsaved loved ones…difficulties in the meeting…attack from without…attack from within… disease stricken bodies…almost insurmountable practical needs…tragedies on every hand, and on and on. Could we say that God’s people are in DEEP WATERS? Surely we can! So as we think of the circumstances of Christians today, we’re ...

Afflictions and Consolations

Afflictions and Consolations Notes of an Address on the First Epistle of Peter By J. G. B. Aug., 1851. (extracted from The Northern Witness, 1880) There are three things in this epistle: 1st, the apostle contemplates the saint in times of various troubles; 2ndly, the mind with which the trouble should be passed through; and 3rdly, the consolations which God provides for such a time. There is nothing very remarkable in the bearing of it; but so much the more needed by the soul very often; &...

How Big Are the Little Things!

It has often been said, "Big things come in small packages." The meaning of this familiar adage is quite clear - though something may be small in size, its importance may be far greater than we think. Periodically, Christians need to be reminded of this important principle in their walk with the Lord. Repeatedly, the Scriptures emphasize how important "little things" are in the lives of God's people - each example filled with meaning.


When Israel returned from their seventy-year captivity in Babylon, they needed to be reminded of the importance of "little things." Under the leadership of Zerubbabel, work immediately commenced to restore the temple in Jerusalem which lay in ruins. When it was completed, it proved to be significantly less impressive than the one previously built by Solomon. God had to remind His people through Zechariah not to despise "the day of small things" (Zech. 4:10) Encouraging them, He declared: "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former" (Hagg. 2:9). Though it was smaller, God promised that its glory would be greater.

It has been through this text that the hearts of many of God's children have been greatly encouraged through the years, especially those who have wandered from the Lord. Like the Prodigal Son, they doubted if they would ever be welcomed back into their Father's favor or be useful to Him again. Discouraged and disheartened about their own unfaithfulness, they have felt that their testimony was forever ruined.


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