And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Matthew 21:15, 16.
The standard of truth may be raised by humble men and women; and the youth, and even children, may be a blessing to others, by revealing what the truth has done for them. God will use the most feeble instruments if they are wholly submitted to Him. He can work through them to reach souls to whom the minister could not obtain access. There are the highways and byways to be searched. With your Bible in your hand, with your heart warm and glowing with the love of God, you may go out and tell others your experience; you may make known to them the truth that has impressed your heart, praying with faith that God will make your efforts successful in their salvation. Communicate light, and you will have more light to communicate. Thus you may become laborers together with God.
God desires that His children shall make use of all their powers, that in working to bless others, they may grow strong in the strength of Jesus. You may not be learned; you may not be thought capable of doing a great work for God; but there are things which you can do. You can let your light shine forth to others….
Everyone may have an understanding of the truth, and exert an influence for good. Then go to work, my brethren and sisters. Gain an experience by working for others. You may make mistakes; but this is not more than the most intelligent, and those in positions of trust, have done again and again. You will not always meet with success; but you can never know the result of humble, disinterested effort to help those who are in darkness. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, you may win souls from error to truth, and in so doing your own souls will be filled with the love of God.—The Review and Herald, January 12, 1897.
Ye Shall Receive Power p. 173
—-Please pray for Caterine as she goes to a specialist tomorrow. Also pray for Mike as he has a consultation with an orthopedic doctor tomorrow as well. Eileen
—-Followup on prayers for friend facing losing leg..Praise God..they saved her leg, but she will have a prothsectic knee! Rehab in process. Continue in prayer for same friend lost daughter to a violent husband yesterday. Mel
—-Please pray for me…my ankles are inflamed again and I am in pain. I can barely walk with mechanical assistance. I am in medication for gout but I guess it is not working……..this mess is/has taken a serious toll on me. I just went back to work after almost a month dealing with this issue and covid. If I can’t walk, I can’t work. If I can’t work, I can’t take care of myself nor take care of my responsibilities. PL
—-Please pray for Jerry who tested positive for covid and cannot fly with his wife. Rose
—-Please pray for E and children for their protection and guidance. R
Every so often, I get nostalgic and homesick for my childhood home. This is normal for most of us, I believe. On such times, I type “911 N. Burdick St” in the search bar on my computer and reminisce. My grandparents’ house is now a light green instead of gray. Mr. and Mrs. Perry’s tiny dry cleaners is gone as are all the houses to the south of ours. There’s a rather tall pine tree where the cleaners was and my grandmother’s rose bushes, English Ivy, and trumpet vine are gone. Someone had closed in the front and side porches where I spent so much time playing. Yet, it still was familiar enough to bring back so many childhood memories.
Some people who have gone back to their childhood homes have regretted doing so. I ask myself, “There are some changes on the outside. I wonder how much it has changed on the inside.” Yes, this old world is full of change. Nothing on this planet is permanent. One day the routine of a comfortable life can change into a miserable existence with much pain, sickness, and death.
Praise God! There is Someone Who never changes. We can fully rely upon Him Who says, “I am the LORD, I change not.” Mal 3:6 “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deut 32:4
There is an old hymn that we used to sing that speaks of this very thing.
The Lord’s our Rock, in him we hide, A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, A shelter in the time of storm. Mighty Rock in a weary land, Cooling shade to the burning sand, Faithful guide for the pilgrim band—a shelter in the time of storm.
A shade by day, defense by night, A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright, A shelter in the time of storm. Mighty Rock in a weary land, Cooling shade to the burning sand, Faithful guide for the pilgrim band—a shelter in the time of storm.
The raging storms may round us beat, A shelter in the time of storm; We’ll never leave our safe retreat, A shelter in the time of storm. Mighty Rock in a weary land, Cooling shade to the burning sand, Faithful guide for the pilgrim band—a shelter in the time of storm.
O Rock Divine, O Refuge dear, A shelter in the time of storm; Be thou our helper ever near, A shelter in the time of storm. Mighty Rock in a weary land, Cooling shade to the burning sand, Faithful guide for the pilgrim band—a shelter in the time of storm.
May we fully trust in “Jesus Christ Who is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Heb 13:8 Amen!