Now will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. (Isaiah 33:10)
When the spoilers had made the land as waste as if devoured by locusts, and the warriors who had defended the country sat down and wept like women, then the Lord came to the rescue. When travelers ceased from the roads to Zion, and Bashan and Carmel were as vineyards from which the fruit has failed, then the Lord arose. God is exalted in the midst of an afflicted people, for they seek His face and trust Him. He is still more exalted when in answer to their cries He lifts up Himself to deliver them and overthrow their enemies.
Is it a day of sorrow with us? Let us expect to see the Lord glorified in our deliverance. Are we drawn out in fervent prayer? Do we cry day and night unto Him? Then the set time for His grace is near. God will lift up Himself at the right season. He will arise when it will be most for the display of His glory. We wish for His glory more than we long for our own deliverance. Let the Lord be exalted, and our chief desire is obtained.
Lord, help us in such a way that we may see that Thou Thyself art working. May we magnify Thee in our inmost souls. Make all around us to see how good and great a God Thou art.
Probably no other part of the Holy Scriptures has suffered as much from dull exposition as have the epistles of Paul. The writings themselves are gems of beauty, lyrical and musical. Sermons based on them should be "as crisp as biting into a fresh apple." Instead they are often as disappointing as biting into a ball of yarn. Why?
It would probably be an oversimplification to name any single cause as being alone responsible for the dullness of our preaching, but I nevertheless venture to suggest that one very important factor is our habit of laboring the obvious. (If any reader should smile and say, "That is what this editorial is doing," I have no defense to offer. At least I see my fault and shall try to remedy it.)
In trying to discover the cause of my aversion to the ministry of certain evangelical Bible teachers I have concluded that it is their incurable habit of laboring the obvious. They seem not to know that elementary truths often repeated dull the spiritual faculties of the saints. Especially is this true when the teacher insists upon playing with theological blocks, spelling out the first principles of the doctrine of Christ apparently with no intention of going on.
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He comes by our side as our helper. More than that, He comes to dwell within us, to be the life in our blood, the fire in our thought, the faith within us, both in inception and consummation. Thus He becomes not only the recompense of the victor, but the resources of the victory. He is the Captain, the Overcomer and the Rear Guard in our lives.
The help that relieved us on that particularly troubled morning-it was of Him. He lifts our eyes up unto Himself and delivers us from apathy, from discontent and from fears. He is always the helper in this heavenly competition and will be the great reward in all the ages to come.
If our life is hidden with Him we shall have to go through the same trials that He went through, but we shall not find them too hard. If we but take Him fully as the strength of our life, and our all in all, we shall be able to lay aside all the hindering things that press upon us day by day.
I have overcome, overcome,
Overcome for thee.
Thou shalt overcome, overcome,
Overcome thro' Me.
The glory of the Lord shall be thy reward -Isaiah 58:8