HAVE YOU NOT KNOWN? HAVE YOU NOT HEARD?

The Creator of the whole earth is the rightful owner and ruler of all, and must be concluded TO HAVE AN ABSOLUTE POWER OVER ALL AND AN ALL-SUFFICIENCY TO HELP HIS PEOPLE IN THEIR GREATEST STRAITS. Matthew Henry.

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah‬ ‭40:28-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Everlasting God, you are so much more than “capable.”  I say this because sometimes , I think and act to the contrary.  How?  When I worry and stress out.  For when I do I’m saying, “You are less than capable.”  These verses remind me of how untrue that is.  You are everlasting.  You are all-powerful.  You are all-wise.  This never changes because your Word stands forever . Therefore, as a forgiven redeemed child of God bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, when tempted to worry and stress, I will recall these truths: you are loving, powerful, wise, unchanging… And trusting in them I will face the day in peace and joy.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What Has This Christ Done For You?

Man,” said a thoughtless, ungodly English traveller to a North American Indian convert, “Man, what is the reason that you make so much of Christ, and talk so much about Him? What has this Christ done for you, that you should make so much ado about Him?”

The converted Indian did not answer him in words. He gathered together some dry leaves and moss and made a ring with them on the ground. He picked up a live worm and put it in the middle of the ring. He struck a light and set the moss and leaves on fire. The flame soon rose and the heat scorched the worm. It writhed in agony, and after trying in vain to escape on every side, curled itself up in the middle, as if about to die in despair. At that moment the Indian reached forth his hand, took up the worm gently and placed it on his bosom. “Stranger,” he said to the Englishman, “Do you see that worm? I was that perishing creature. I was dying in my sins, hopeless, helpless, and on the brink of eternal fire. It was Jesus Christ who put forth the arm of His power. It was Jesus Christ who delivered me with the hand of His grace, and plucked me from everlasting burnings. It was Jesus Christ who placed me, a poor sinful worm, near the heart of His love. Stranger, that is the reason why I talk of Jesus Christ and make much of Him. I am not ashamed of it, because I love Him”


― J.C. Ryle

“For you, O Lord, are my only hope”

“O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me, and set me free. Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors.”

“O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!”

“My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection. That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing. For my enemies are whispering against me. They are plotting together to kill me. They say, “God has abandoned him. Let’s go and get him, for no one will help him now.””

“O God, don’t stay away. My God, please hurry to help me.”
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“Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.”

“Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God. I will sing praises to you with a lyre, O Holy One of Israel. I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me. I will tell about your righteous deeds all day long, for everyone who tried to hurt me has been shamed and humiliated.”
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Trusting God With Our Departed Child’s Eternity

You Can Trust Him.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,

What if Jesus Christ is God, as He claimed, and you have no substantial reason to believe your child knew anything about Him or the Way of salvation? What if your child died while involved in sin? What if she emphatically rejected Jesus as her Savior?

What if you fear your departed child is now eternally lost? How will you ever live with such a possibility? What if all this stuff about Heaven and Hell is true? How could Heaven be bliss for you without your child? How could God let this happen?

If these are the fears of your heart, here is what you must hold on to:

God is good. God is love. God makes no mistakes.

If we do not believe these facts about God, we are sunk. The pain of being unsure of where our child is spending eternity is just too much to bear unless…

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