Wonderful Simplicity of the Law
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7.
How wonderful in its simplicity, its comprehensiveness and perfection, is the law of Jehovah! In the purposes and dealings of God there are mysteries which the finite mind is unable to comprehend. . . .
But there is no mystery in the law of God. The feeblest intellect can grasp these rules to regulate the life and form the character after the divine Model. If the children of men would to the best of their ability obey this law, they would gain strength of intellect and power of discernment to comprehend still more of God’s purposes and plans. . . .
The infinite sacrifice which Christ has made to magnify and exalt the law testifies that not one jot or tittle of that law will relinquish its claims upon the transgressor. Christ came to pay the debt which the sinner had incurred by transgression and by His own example to teach man how to keep the law of God. Said Christ, “I have kept my Father’s commandments” (John 15:10). . . . It is inconceivable how so many, professing to be servants of God, can set aside His law and teach sinners that they are not amenable to its precepts. What a fatal delusion!. . . .
We are living in a land of bondage and of death. Multitudes are enslaved by sinful customs and evil habits, and their fetters are difficult to break. Iniquity, like a flood, is deluging the earth. Crimes almost too fearful to be even mentioned are of daily occurrence. Shall we say that all this is because men live in obedience to the will of God, or is it because ministers and people hold and teach that its precepts have no binding force?
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” that the lost might be reclaimed. . . . He who has tasted and found that the Lord is good cannot bear the thought of following in the path of transgression. It is pain to him to violate the law of that God who has so loved him.
That I May Know Him p. 294
—–Special prayer requests for a couple of our institutions and the leadership who are feeling demonic attacks…I have not been there but God knows and can protect…..Carol
—–update—Marcel has awakened from his coma. He squeezed his mom’s hand and his eyes can follow people around the room. Please continue to pray for his recovery. Merna
—–Please pray that Ruby can get a job. Ron
——Please pray for Brian and Esther as they travel to his family’s home for their vacation. Rose
Last Thursday, Esther went to a friend’s farm so Emma could play with the calves and kitties and also her friend’s son who is about the same age. This is the second time they have gone there. This time, the friend, who has an older daughter, remarked how much she appreciated Esther’s taking time to talk with the girl. This girl is very shy, but felt comfortable talking to Esther. One of the big reasons is the fact that Esther told the girl how she remembers feeling at that age and some of the problems she faced. That gave the daughter confidence to open up more not only to Esther but to others as well.
I couldn’t help remembering how, when Esther was a teenager, she often babysat for evangelistic meetings. It was fun for her as she loves babies and little children. When the parents would leave their little ones in her care, they often would cry and want their mothers. Esther would pick up the crying child and tell them that their mama will come back for them. Then she would share with them her experience as a child when I would leave her in the care of those who were babysitting for some meetings. She had feared that those people were trying to steal her and she would never see her mama again, but her mama always came back. This would usually cause the crying to stop. The child would cling tightly to Esther, for here was someone who understood his fears.
How often we feel just as frightened and alone in this sinful, old world as did those little ones Esther was babysitting. How many times we feel like our whole world is crashing in upon us. Praise God! We have a Savior Who understands what we are going through and is standing there waiting to help us through all of our trials. He assures us, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.” Heb 13:5; Isa 43:1-3
Indeed, Our Loving Saviour went through more for our salvation than we ever possibly could experience. Isaiah prophesied of Him, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isa 53:3-12
What a wonderful Loving God we serve! He went through so much sorrow and grief for us so that we can be saved. Let us cling to Him even tighter than those little children clung to Esther. Let us cast all our care upon Him for He cares for us and will work all things out for our good. (1 Peter 5:7; 1 Cor 10:13) Let us confidently follow Him all the way to His Glorious Kingdom no matter what is transpiring around us is my prayer.