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April 7th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘victory’. It is important to be aware of this fact. Originally, man was made to be a victor by God. There was no way that God designed him to fall foul to defeat and disaster. God wanted to make a prince and ruler of him and that would turn out a winner.

TO DEAL WITH THE MOST NEGATIVE CONDITIONS – Habakkuk 3: 17-19

God, in His grace and wisdom knows how to teach His servant’s lessons. It was so for Habakkuk. He prays over a very relevant matter concerning God’s people in chapter one and is horrified in the answer he receives. How can a just God use a more wicked nation to punish His people?  He did not consider it to be right and said he would wait for God to answer his dispute. And He did!

The Lord showed him that a just and righteous man trusts in the ways of a righteous God even though he may not just comprehend the way things are done. The summons to this prophet was that he must learn to trust God and the revelation and action He plans to take. This was to be the rule of life and at the end it would be seen that God always does what is right.

Habakkuk enters into real victory and captures the whole sense of this and expresses a great faith in 3: 17-19. Although everything is negatived for seemingly no reason at all, he will adopt a positive attitude of truth in the Lord and His ways and even praise Him in such when conditions are unexplainable. He becomes a better and bigger person and is able to live and work with an absolute confidence in God and His ways. And that is how it should be for you!

QUOTES TO NOTE – SMILE

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou

SACRED SONGS

We have Heard the Joyful Sound

What a vital message the Christian Church has to preach and present to the world-wide community! Salvation for all is obtainable only though Jesus Christ.  It is a salvation that saves from the power, guilt and ultimate presence of sin; that saves from self with all of its selfish desires and demands; from Satan’s dictatorship. As the Bible affirms, salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ and what He has done by His death and resurrection. Make sure that you know Him as your Saviour!

Priscilla, Jane Owens was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children’s services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, “We have heard a joyful sound” (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary,

We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:  Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land, Climb the steeps and cross the waves;
Onward!—’tis our Lord’s command;  Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Waft it on the rolling tide,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Tell to sinners far and wide,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Sing, ye islands of the sea, Echo back, ye ocean caves;
Earth shall keep her jubilee,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Sing above the battle’s strife,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
By His death and endless life,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Sing it softly thru the gloom,,When the heart for mercy craves,
Sing in triumph o’er the tomb,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Give the winds a mighty voice,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Let the nations now rejoice.  Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Shout salvation full and free, Highest hills and deepest caves,
This our song of victory,  Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A POEM OF PRAISE – Isaiah 38

As a result of divine intervention Hezekiah felt inspired to compose and record a poem of praise – vv9-22. He was so ill that he was not expected to recover, in fact, the word of the Lord was ‘to set his house in order because he was going to die.’ He felt he had not lived out his years and did not want to depart at that hour and so makes a plaintive plea to the Lord regarding it – vv2, 5.  He was not prepared to let this go without registering his thoughts and feelings!

The Lord was prompt in graciously responding and so, in consequence to the amazing answer, the poem is written. He expressed his mind on what he had passed through in his experience of sickness and threatened state. It had been a difficult time for him to negotiate. He came to discern that it had been a period of divine discipline and tuition – v16. But the Lord had healed and as a result He was to be thanked and praised. He was most glad and grateful that he had known this remarkable divine intervention at such a time – v20.

It is possible to taste the lovingkindness of the Lord in healing power now even though one is seemingly at the jaws and gates of death. No situation is too grave that He cannot provide the answer of life and health. Turn and pour out your heart to Him and see His dynamic healing gift and power. It is not beyond Him to move in and work the necessary miracle.  Having received His gracious touch and deliverance, compose your own poem and psalm of thanksgiving to Him and thus express your gratefulness. Write out your testimony today and give it to others.

 

 

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