I am writing a little book which I have entitled, Our Help is Not in TRUMP. In this little book, I underscore an obvious point for all Christians, namely that we are not to put our trust in powerful people. There is no help for us there. Psalm 146:3-4 reads, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”
Instead, the Bible tells us that “Our help is in the Name of the LORD who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8). I am so thankful to have been brought up in a church where I heard this verse proclaimed before the congregation at the beginning of every Sunday service. “Our help is in the Name of the LORD who made heaven and earth.” This timeless truth gave everyone in the congregation a clear vision of God and a biblical perspective on all the issues of life. Continue reading
I am so thankful to the Lord for the opportunities I have had these past 2 weeks to preach His Word at the Newton Bus Exchange. The third week has just began and as I reflect on the past 2 weeks, my heart is filled with such great joy. What a privilege the Lord has given me to preach His Word daily! Truly humbled by such a great blessing bestowed upon me not only to be numbered among His children saved by grace through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – but to also be one of His servants. There is no greater joy than to be in Christ and to be an instrument in His hands. Continue reading
Alistair Begg tells a story of how as a young boy, his father took him to a candy store. While in the store everyone was commenting on what a good boy Alistair was to his great delight.
An older gentleman in the store noticing how Alistair was basking in the praises that were being showered upon him commented, “Young man, praise is like perfume. It’s good as long as it remains on the outside. But dangerous if you swallow it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
But why is it often hard to say “give thanks in all circumstances?” What gets in the way of gratitude? PRIDE!
Gratitude and pride do not sleep in the same bed. The proud man is a thankless person. When on the receiving end of success, good fortune or an act of kindness, the proud man boasts, “I deserve this.” When failure, misfortune or an act of unkindness is his lot, the proud man grumbles, “I deserve better.” No matter what is going on, whether things are going well or not, gratitude is ever absent in a proud man’s vocabulary. Gratitude is a foreign language to a proud man.
But oh, how sweet when the proud man learns humility! Gratitude for and in everything naturally follows. Humility and ingratitude do not sleep in the same bed. The humble man is a thankful man. When on the receiving end of success, good fortune or an act of kindness, the humble man says, “I don’t deserve this.” When failure, misfortune or an act of unkindness is his lot, the humble man says, “I deserve worse.” No matter what is going on, whether things are going well or not, gratitude is ever present in a humble man’s vocabulary. Gratitude is the mother-tongue of a humble man.
Which of the two are you?
Question 8 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC) reads: “How does God execute His decrees?” Answer: “God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence.” A little bit later in Question 11, the WSC asks: “What are God’s works of providence?” Answer: “God’s works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures and all their actions.”
What a relief, joy and comfort to know that the LORD is governs me and all my actions. Both fall perfectly well under His most holy and wise governance.
E. Paxton Hood (an English Puritan) once stated, “Providence is a soft pillow for anxious heads.” Oh, how true!.
As you go through this day, may you be encouraged by the fact that you and all of your life to the minutest details, are being governed by the sovereign LORD and Ruler of the whole world. We do not always know or understand, God’s providence(s) in the moment. Like the Hebrew language, God’s providences must be read backwards as far as we as His creatures are concerned.
So, take heart dear friend, brother or sister in Christ especially if you are going through hard providences in your life right now. As William Cowper wrote long ago:
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
Have a blessed day!
Someone once said, “The strength and character of the church is in its men. Men have the responsibility of leadership in the church as well as in the home. Their character is everything. It’s the all important thing. Where a church’s men are strong, the whole church will be strong. Where a church’s men are weak, the whole church will be weak.” Continue reading