Friday, December 17, 2010

The way appointed...

"It was at the supper with Jesus' disciples, on the night before He was crucified, that He told them He was going "the way appointed". That meant betrayal, by one of the very men sharing the meal with Him, and crucifixion, at the hands of others who had arranged to pay this man.Yet in and through those terrible things that were to happen to Him, Jesus never for a minute thought of Himself as solely in their hands, at their mercy. He was held in the will of the Father. There was a sovereign purpose in it all; the way He must travel was no accident. It was appointed, assigned. he accepted it as such.
What agonies we would spare ourselves if we would remember that ours, too, is a way appointed. We need not ever imagine that our circumstances are in any other hands than those that held the beloved Son obedient unto death."
~ The Music Of His Promises
Elisabeth Elliot

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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