“He shall choose our inheritance for us.” -Psalm 47:4
Our enemies would allot us a very dreary portion, but we are not left in their hands. The Lord will cause us to stand in our lot, and our place is appointed by His infinite wisdom. A wiser mind than our own arranges our destiny, the ordaining of all things is with God, and we are glad to have it so; we choose that God should choose for us. If we might have our own way we would wish to let all things go in God’s way.
Being conscious of our own folly, we would not desire to rule our own destinies. We feel safer and more at ease when the Lord steers our vessel than we could possibly be if we could direct it according to our own judgment. Joyfully we leave the painful present and the unknown future with our Father, our Savior, our Comforter.
O my soul, this day lay down thy wishes at Jesus’ feet! If thou hast of late been somewhat wayward and willful, eager to be and to do after thine own mind, now dismiss thy foolish self, and place the reins in the Lord’s hands. Say, “He shall choose.” If others dispute the sovereignty of the Lord and glory in the free will of man, do thou answer them, “He shall choose for me.” It is my freest choice to let Him choose. As a free agent, I elect that He should have absolute sway.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright
2 Samuel 17:1-29 | The Sovereignty of God at Work in the Hearts of Men (Audio)
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.” -Proverbs 21:1
Just as God was actively working in the life of David, He is also actively at work in all the details of your life for your good and His glory.
*Click here for Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: Faith: Before and After (Galatians 3:23-29)
*Click here for Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Sovereignty of God at Work in the Hearts of Men (2 Samuel 17:1-29)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares 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.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
“Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.” -Elisabeth Elliot via Carolyn Mahaney’s Twitter
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” -1 Samuel 9:3
There is nothing that happens by chance, happenstance, luck, or fate. Here, Saul was dreading going to look for lost donkeys in the hills of Ephriam, but look at the bigger picture God was painting! Here we have the invisible, providential hand of God working it all together for His glory and their good.
Even in the little mundane things, God is on the throne with a greater purpose.
[from 9.9.2013 Sunday Evening Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on 1 Samuel 9]
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” -Hebrews 4:16
God’s sovereignty does not negate our responsibility to pray, but rather makes it possible for us to pray with confidence. —Jerry Bridges
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,’ declares 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.'” -Isaiah 55:8-9
Happy 200th Birthday, President Lincoln!
As many of you know, I took a class last semester titled, “Lincoln: The Writer.” I did not even know the title of the course until I went to class. The time just fit with my schedule well. Little did I know that I would become a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln and gain a greater respect for the marble man by looking at his intricate writing process.
So today, on his bicentennial, I share with you one of my favorite private pieces he wrote in the midst of the Civil War and slavery.
Lincoln’s Meditation on the Divine Will
“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true; that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”
April 4, 2008
As many of you can imagine, furlough for Anita and I has taken a different course than that which we had planned. Usually furlough time for missionaries is a harried and always busy time trying to visit and share the work all of the supporting churches. I had my plans all ready making appointments, getting directions and filling in the calendar. But God had bigger plans for us! In His grace and provision He allowed Anita and I to be in the United States when we discovered that she had breast cancer. We know that He has allowed this in our lives in order to teach us some new lessons about Him and how to better minister to others; for this is our calling in life!
We still hope to be able to visit churches and share of His great love for the Peruvian people that we have come to love so dearly. But how much visiting we will be able to do will depend upon whether Anita will be feel well enough to travel. I don’t like to travel without her because it is like giving only a partial presentation of our ministry together in Peru. However, there may be some week-ends where that will be the only solution. In most cases I will be able to give only short notice of a possible visit because, so far, we don’t know from one day to the next how she will feel.
So many of you have sent cards, e-mails, and phone calls that have been of such encouragement to us. Several have brought meals to the house for which we are very grateful! We thank all of you for your sincere expressions of love and concern for Anita. We know that you are praying because we have felt God’s presence in our lives more intensely than ever before. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to lift us up before the Throne of Grace! We still have a long road ahead and we really do need your prayers.
Anita had her first chemo treatment on March the 28th. The day of chemo and the following day she had no negative signs at all and we thought “wow, this isn’t going to be so bad!” But then Sunday the 30th came and she was one very sick lady! Fatigue, nausea, cramps and sleeplessness seem to be the main symptoms so far. She is so brave, and in the midst of all this she rejoices in the Lord! We are learning what to expect in the future rounds of chemo. She will have six chemo treatments in total; each one being three weeks apart. Please Pray!
So many of our dear friends in Peru have called and written. Many of the women consider Anita their “mother in the faith.” The reports are all good; most of the works have reported a good month for March. We keep them informed in Spanish as we do our dear friends here in the States in English. Please feel free to write or call. We love you all and hope to have the opportunity to see you sometime within the next six months.
Trusting and resting in HIM,
Sheridan and Anita Stanton