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Jan 3rd – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We start with the word ‘meditation’ and see its relevance to an effectual, blessed faith and lifestyle.

Meditating on God’s Works

The psalmist affirms – “I will meditate on all Thy works” – Psalm 134: 5. Now this is something worth putting your mind to and to cause you to wonder! The display of this capability of God is proclaimed and portrayed in Genesis 1 where this world was made a ‘cosmos’ (an ordered whole) with all of its infinite and intricate parts in working order out of a situation of utter ‘chaos’, where all was in a mess and in a state of confusion. There is such a majesty and magnificence to be noted in the display of His power in His creation. The prophet Isaiah bids Israel to just look at the heavens to take in His supreme glory and greatness – Isaiah 40: 26 “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth”.

Give thought to this tremendous factor and bow in wonder at the One who simply works by the power of His word to create. And it is He that His eyes upon you for good and wills that you fulfil His purpose for your creation and being. Write down some of His works that make you wonder and worship.

SACRED SONGS

From every Stormy Wind that Blows

There is no doubt about it, there are stormy sessions and seasons to be confronted in the Christian Life. It is not all plain sailing. Suddenly an adverse wind can arise that brings adverse conditions and are a challenge to faith and peace. How important it is to know that one can be calm amidst the most horrendous circumstances as Paul found in Acts 27! It is so essential that the Lord is aboard and can minister this spiritual confidence and poise that makes you sure all will end well.

Hugh Stowell, an able and popular minister of the Church of England, was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, December 3, 1799. He graduated at Oxford in 1822, and took holy orders the following year. He held various offices in his Church; became rector at Salford in 1831; was appointed honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral in 1845, and later Rural Dean of Eccles. He published several volumes. He also edited a book of hymns: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Services of the Church of England, 1831. To the several editions of this book most of his hymns were contributed. He died at Safford October 8, 1865. From every stormy wind that blows.

1/. From ev’ry stormy wind that blows, From ev’ry swelling tide of woes,

There is a calm, a sure retreat; ’Tis found beneath the mercy-seat.

2/. There is a place where Jesus sheds The oil of gladness on our heads-

A place than all beside more sweet; It is the blood-stained mercy-seat.

3/. There is a scene where spirits blend, And friend holds fellowship with friend;

Though sundered far, by faith we meet Around one common mercy-seat.

4/. There, there on eagle wing we soar, And time and sense seem all no more;

And heaven comes down our souls to , nd glory crowns the mercy-seat.

QUOTES TO NOTE – motivational

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best St. Jerome

DAILY MEDITATIONS

MORE THAN COINCIDENCE – 2 Kings 8: 1-6

The care of God for a widow woman and her son comes to the fore here and shows that life is not governed by chance or coincidence but by divine providence. Because of the loving commitment of this lady to the man of God, there was a beautiful provision made for her for life. First of all, the prophet forewarns her about the coming famine and informs what to do. He tells her how long it will last and so arms her with useful information so that she can safeguard the interests of her son and self. She responds to the prophecy and acts accordingly in faith.

When the time was up she knew it was time to return and find that God had paved the way for her. It was not some fortuitous accident that the king inquired about Elisha and his miraculous works from the prophet’s former servant or that he should be recalling the incident about her son being raised from the dead when she turned up at that moment. There is the hand and working of God behind the scene that indicates His sovereign concern over her whole future. Things turned out to her total advantage as a result.

This inspiring incident should serve as a constant inspiration and assurance to all who live under the wing of God’s overall care. He determines that those whose faith is placed in Him will know that He is willing and committed to make a full provision for the whole of life. God’s people do not have to depend on chance or good luck but to a Father-God who can arrange everything. You need to know that He will work for and sustain you throughout your life’s journey. Remember this at all times, He cannot fail because HE IS GOD.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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AN UNWARRANTED ATTITUDE

Jonah 4

It is quite surprising to discover the fact of a wrong attitude in the spirit and heart of God’s servant. Having seen his mission result in the turning of the city from its wicked ways one would have thought that Jonah would have been delighted beyond measure. It was quite remarkable and outstanding to observe such a speedy turnabout and, naturally, one ought to have been thrilled that the people had reacted in such a humble and positive fashion. But Jonah takes up a stance to see what the Lord would actually do in the ultimate with regard to the word he had delivered – v5. He was not in a very good frame of mind or mood and he was truly angry and indignant.

1/. HE WAS ANGRY BECAUSE OF GOD’S CHANGE OF PLANS – v1

He didn’t think that the Lord ought to amend His designs in relation to this affair. Here is a mere mortal with finite knowledge thinking he knows better than the infinite God! He should have been ready to submit to the One who knows all.

2/. HE WAS ANGRY BECAUSE HIS WORD WAS NOT TO BE FULFILLED

It had been a severe prophetic message that had been delivered and he may have felt his own need to be justified in his ministry. Surely the Lord would stand by him first of all in seeing what he had uttered fully wrought out. He owed it to Jonah to vindicate him, so he thought, felt and argued.

3/. HE WAS ANGRY BECAUSE GOD WAS LETTING THIS PEOPLE OFF

He wasn’t too pleased because the Lord was not going to pour his judgment on them as occurred to Sodom and Gomorrha. They were deserving of being punished and why should He let them off because they had showed some sorrow and remorse?

4/. HE WAS ANGRY OVER THE FACT THAT HE FELT HIS EFFORTS HAD BEEN WASTED – v2

What also bugged him was the fact that he had gone through so much himself in terms of trauma and difficulty in fulfilling this mission. It had not been a lovely exercise passing through the storm, facing the sailors, being in the waters and then being swallowed by a fish and spending three days in its stomach.

5/. HE WAS ANGRY BECAUSE HE SENSED THIS WOULD HAPPEN – v2

Right from the outset he had this niggling feeling that this was the way it would turn out because he had some good idea of the Lord’s nature. Why should he have been so involved in the matter at all in the light of this?

6/. HE WAS ANGRY AND GOD HAD TO DEAL WITH IT AND HIM – vv4-11

The surprising thing was he could care about the covering bestowed by the plant and be angry over its judgment and not be bothered about people and animals. The Lord was able to throw it into context and make His nature relevant.

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