I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job 19:25.
One of the most solemn and yet most glorious truths revealed in the Bible is that of Christ’s second coming, to complete the great work of redemption. To God’s pilgrim people, so long left to sojourn in “the region and shadow of death,” a precious, joy-inspiring hope is given in the promise of His appearing, who is “the resurrection and the life,” to “bring home again His banished.” The doctrine of the second advent is the very key-note of the Sacred Scriptures. From the day when the first pair turned their sorrowing steps from Eden, the children of faith have waited the coming of the Promised One to break the destroyer’s power and bring them again to the lost Paradise. … Enoch, only the seventh in descent from them that dwelt in Eden, he who for three centuries on earth walked with his God, was permitted to behold from afar the coming of the Deliverer. “Behold,” he declared, “the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all.” The patriarch Job in the night of his affliction exclaimed with unshaken trust: “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:… in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.”
May the God of all grace so enlighten your understanding that you may discern eternal things, that by the light of truth your own errors, which are many, may be discovered to you just as they are, that you may make the necessary effort to put them away, and in the place of this evil, bitter fruit may bring forth fruit which is precious unto eternal life.
Humble your poor, proud, self-righteous heart before God; get low, very low, all broken in your sinfulness at His feet. Devote yourself to the work of preparation. Rest not until you can truly say: My Redeemer liveth, and, because He lives, I shall live also.
If you lose heaven, you lose everything; if you gain heaven, you gain everything. Do not make a mistake in this matter, I implore you. Eternal interests are here involved.
Maranatha p. 13
—– Had quite a scare with a phone call from the nursing home, saying daddy had a high fever, not responsive, and I needed to come over. . . . When I got there, the Dr. said it was mild pneumonia, and he would respond when spoken to. I had him admitted to the hospital, and hopefully, with prayers, he will be back to his old self, and giving out his compliments to the staff back at the nursing home. Daddy is 94 years old, and his swallowing is not as strong, and it goes down in his lungs instead of his stomach. It’s called aspirating. He was fine when I saw him on Thursday, and I hadn’t had any calls about him having a cold, so the Dr. is assuming he aspirated. Please keep him in your prayers, I’m just not ready to give him up yet. Dianne
—–Jan is in need of urgent and sincere prayer. Rose
As soon as Esther Marie could crawl, she often found some tiny space to get into and sleep. This she continued to do all through her childhood. She liked tight, closed-in spaces. They made her feel very secure. This made it necessary for me to hunt for her quite often.
One day, after having looked in all of her favorite spots, I still could not find her. I searched everywhere. Finally as I was in her bedroom looking for her, I saw a slight movement in the top shelf of her closet. Soon I saw her face looking down at me. I asked her how she had gotten up there. She told me that by putting her arms and legs on each side of the closet door frame, she had “walked” up all that way.
In these frightening and confusing time, we, too, can have a hiding place just as Esther Marie had found. We, too, can have a safe and secure place where we can go for rest amid the storms of life. David prayed, “Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.” “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” Ps 143:9;119:114;32:7;27:5
Psalm 91 is a psalm that speaks of the Hiding Place and one our family most often reads when we are traveling or parting from one another. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Our Dear Saviour bids us, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Isa 26:20 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 Think of it! The Great King of the Universe will be our comfort, our protection from the storm, our Guide through all the rugged way. We can put all of our trust in Him.
May we find in Him a hiding place from the storm. May we be secure in His great love. May we continually cling to the precious promises of His Holy Word is my prayer.