Friday, January 28, 2011


R epeatedly I am asked variations of this question: Did the Lord comfort you, or were you sometimes lonely or sad? It is not an either-or thing. If I had not been lonely and sad at times, how could I have needed, received, or appreciated comfort? It is the sick who need the physician, the thirsty who need water. This is why Paul did not deplore his weaknesses, he "gloried" in them for they provided the very occasions for his appropriating divine help and strength.
It was in prison the Joseph knew the strength of the Lord.
It was in the lion's den that Daniel's faith was proved.
It was in the furnace that Daniel's three friends found themselves accompanied by a fourth.
We have plenty of "proof texts" - but in order to experience their truth we have to be placed in "proof contexts". The prison, the lions' den, the furnace are where we are shown the realities, incontestably and forever.
~ A Lamp For My Feet by 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