Thursday, September 23, 2010

Update, sickness, Matthew Henry reading...

As you may gather from this picture - we are sick:-( It seems like for weeks a bad cough has been making its way through our church, and this past week I finally came down with it. The only silver lining I can find in being one of the last to catch it is that I don't need to worry too much about spreading germs, pretty much everyone I know is, or has been sick.
Last evening I had cause again to be thankful that we can call into our church services which is almost as good as being there. All of us sick ones gathered around the phone (lol) in the living room and listened to the prayer meeting sermon on 2 Chronicles 15 "The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you."
The only other good thing I can say about sickness is that it can be a good time to spend reading - below is a really good section I read in Matthew Henry yesterday.


"Then Samuel took a stone, and set
it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." 1 Samuel 7:12

"Samuel himself took care to set up this monument. He had been instrumental by prayer to obtain the mercy, and therefore he thought himself in a special manner obliged to make this grateful acknowledgment of it. The reason he gives for the name is, Hitherto the Lord hath helped us, in which he speaks thankfully of what was past, giving the glory of the victory to God only, who had added this to all his former favors; and yet he speaks somewhat doubtfully for the future: "Hitherto things have done well, but what God may yet do with us we know not, that we refer to him; but let us praise him for what he has done." Note, The beginnings of mercy and deliverance are to be acknowledged by us with thankfulness so far as they go, though they be not completely finished, nay, though the issue seem uncertain. Having obtained help from God, I continue hitherto, says blessed Paul, Acts xxvi. 22."

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1