Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why worry, He cares and Spurgeon

We desperately need at this time some old fashioned faith preaching! I don't mean the wild-eyed fanatical stuff you might find on TBN or in a tent 'revival'. Just plain 'normal', no need to fret because God is in control.
The amount of doubt that is arising in some churches seems incredible, to overhear Christians constantly talking about 'the cares of this world' over and often instead of Christ, His church, and His work!
The only thing that should truly stir us is the glory of God; The glory of God as it relates to the church, the glory of God in the salvation of the lost, and the glory of God as represented in our lives! Our personal and corporate prayers should be filled (predominately) with such things.
Let us not stand upon the word of man as the word of God, nor be as moved by the words of man as we are by the word of God. The words of Doctors, Scientists, Meteorologists, Economists, or the Politicians, SHOULD NOT bring us (even remotely) as much comfort or distress as the word of God and what is taking place within the kingdom of God.
We may have to endure a life of suffering, although many in America are suffering from a life of indulgence and anything that even rocks that sheltered pampered world is called 'suffering'. Some are truly indeed facing some MAJOR issues, life threatening diagnosis, loss of home (which to a poor man means when they take my home I'll actually be homeless--while many mean: I'll just not have that big of a house anymore).
As pertains to the sin of COMPLAINING and STRESS over much, a remedy for most people is a simple flashback. Consider how it used to be, or consider what you were satisfied with before (perhaps what you now think 'necessary', you once thought 'luxury'). Another one is to consider people who are suffering even greater things, who never had such things. Still another would be some 'reality-checks', are you in any way implying that God owes you something with your attitude? Are you praying or demanding? Have you been absorbed in self (regardless of what you might be suffering)?

Here is a piece from Spurgeon that sparked this post:

"Casting all your care upon Him--for He cares for you!" 1 Peter 5:7
It is a happy way of soothing sorrow, when we can feel--"HE cares for ME!" Christian! do not dishonor God, by always wearing a brow of worry! Come--cast your burden upon your God! You are staggering beneath a weight--which your Father would not feel. What seems like a crushing burden to you--would be but as small dust to Him. Nothing is so sweet as to,"Lie passive in God's hands, And know no will, but His." O child of suffering--be patient! God has not overlooked you in His providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows--will also furnish you with what you need. Do not sit down in despair.There is One who cares for you! His all-seeing eye is fixed on you! His all-loving heart beats with pity for your woe! His omnipotent hand shall yet bring you the needed help! The darkest cloud--shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom--shall give place to the morning light.If you are one of His family--He will bind up your wounds, and heal your broken heart. Do not doubt His grace, because of your troubles--but believe that He loves you as much in seasons of distress--as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead--if you would leave providing--to the God of providence!If God cares for you--why need you care also? Can you trust Him for your soul--and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens--He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! Be done with fretful worry--and leave all your concerns in the hand of your gracious God!

1 comments:

Puritan

Great quote brother.

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