"Any hurt is worth it that puts us on the path of peace, setting us free for the pursuit, in Christ, of eternal life."
- Eugene Peterson
Thursday, February 6, 2014
You need this message of hope today. Or at least someone you know does.
"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead." (2 Cor. 1:9-10).
And now a word of application from our friend, and honorary thinkling, Charles Spurgeon:
"'God who raises the dead' is our hope...When he was delivered from trusting in himself because of the sentence of death, the first thing he did was to trust in the God and Father of his risen Lord.
For first he argued thus- if I die, what matters it? God can raise me from the dead. If they stone me, if they smite me with the sword, if they fling me headlong into the sea, I shall rise again. I know that My Redeemer lives and I shall see Him when He appears.
(Paul) inferred also, that if God could raise him from the dead He could preserve him from a violent death. He that could restore him if he were dead and rotten in the tomb could certainly keep him from dying till all his life-work was accomplished. This inference is unquestionably true.
'Plagues and deaths around me fly.
Till He bids I cannot die;
Not a single shaft can hit
Till the God of love thinks fit.'
Immortal is every believer till his work is done. Paul felt this and was comforted."
Thank you, brother Spurgeon. There were some of us who needed to know that today.