Giving It To God

[He] went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. —Mark 10:22

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

“I have held many things in my hands,” Corrie once said, “and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.”

Corrie was well acquainted with loss. She lost family, possessions, and years of her life to hateful people. Yet she learned to concentrate on what could be gained spiritually and emotionally by putting everything in the hands of her heavenly Father.

What does that mean to us? What should we place in God’s hands for safekeeping? According to the story of the rich young man in Mark 10, everything. He held abundance in his hands, but when Jesus asked him to give it up, he refused. He kept his possessions and he failed to follow Jesus—and as a result he “went away sorrowful” (v.22).

Like Corrie ten Boom, we can find hope by putting everything in God’s hands and then trusting Him for the outcome. By Dave Branon

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. —Van de Venter

No life is more secure than a life surrendered to God.

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

James 1:5-8

At first glance, today’s passage on wisdom doesn’t seem related to the subject of trials, but James is actually continuing His thoughts from the previous three verses. We need wisdom to know how to respond to suffering. This means we should see trials from God’s viewpoint and understand His purposes in allowing them in our lives.

If you want to profit from struggles, be sustained in them, and come through with joy and victory, you must understand the following truths:

1. God’s in full control of the timing and intensity of your trial, and He won’t let it go beyond the boundaries He has set.

2. He has a specific purpose for your suffering, which you may not understand until it is over.

3. This trial will be profitable if you submit to God and trust Him through it.

4. A trying situation is a chance for faith to prove genuine and grow stronger.

5. When you endure extreme pressure with unexplainable peace and joy, the Lord will demonstrate His sustaining power to a watching world.

6. The Father will use your difficulties to produce Christ-like character.

7. God will walk with you through trials.

8. The Holy Spirit will enable you to survive this and to come out a conqueror.

If you believe these principles, they will shape how you respond to difficulties in your life. This perspective eliminates the negative reactions normally elicited by trials and makes supernatural responses possible. Instead of feeling miserable and hopeless, you’ll experience amazing peace and joy.

Trust in Him

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:18-19)

As children of God, we possess everything we need, from an invincible refuge from the enemy to a certain hope for eternity with our heavenly Father. The third verse of the hymn “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him” reminds us that our trust in Him is well placed.

Trust in Him, ye saints, forever;
He is faithful, changing never;
Neither force nor guile can sever
Those He loves from Him.

Trust in something or someone would be worth much less if the object of our trust might change his mind. Thankfully, our Savior never changes. His love for us is constant. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Revelation 19:11). As long as we are with Him, we are safe and secure.

Consider that we are safe in Christ’s hand, as He is secure in the Father’s hand. All believers are further sealed by the Holy Spirit. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Who or what could break such a bond?

We have no need to fear. We are safe and secure in Him. JDM

The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace

The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.—Psalm 37:11

JOY is Thy gift, O Father!
Thou wouldst not have us pine;
In darkest hours Thy comfort
Doth aye most brightly shine;
Ah, then how oft Thy voice
Hath shed its sweetness o’er me,
And opened heaven before me,
And bid my heart rejoice!
PAUL GERHARDT.

TO be with God, in whatever stage of being, under whatever conditions of existence, is to be in heaven. DORA GREENWELL.

I perceive we postpone all our joys of Christ, till He and we be in our own house above, thinking that there is nothing of it here to be sought or found, but only hope and fair promises; and that Christ will give us nothing here but tears, sadness, crosses; and that we shall never feel the smell of the flowers of that high garden of paradise above, “till we come there. Nay, but I find it possible to find young glory, and a young green paradise of joy even here. We dream of hunger in Christ’s house, while we are here, although He alloweth feasts to all the bairns within God’s household. SAMUEL RUTHERFORD.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: he saith, … Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

The ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat. —I believed, and therefore have I spoken. — I know whom I have believed. — I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

The goodness of God. — He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy.

John 2:9,10. Job 34:3. 2 Corinthians 4:13. 2 Timothy 1:12. Song of Songs 2:3. Romans 2:4. Romans 8:32. 1 Peter 2:2,3. Psalm 5:11.

A bruised reed shall he not break

A bruised reed shall he not break. Matthew 12:20

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. — He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. —Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick. — Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. — Behold, your God … will come and save you.

Psalm 51:17. Psalm 147:3. Isaiah 57:15,16. Ezekiel 34:16. Hebrews 12:12,13. Isaiah 35:4.