Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Way God Leads

I felt so moved by a passage I read in Patriarchs and Prophets this morning that I wanted to share it.

God in His providence brought the Hebrews into the mountain fastnesses before the sea, that He might manifest His power in their deliverance and signally humble the pride of their oppressors. He might have saved them in any other way, but He chose this method in order to test their faith and strengthen their trust in Him. The people were weary and terrified, yet if they had held back when Moses bade them advance, God would never have opened the path for them. It was "by faith" that "they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land." Hebrews 11:29. In marching down to the very water, they showed that they believed the word of God as spoken by Moses. They did all that was in their power to do, and then the Mighty One of Israel divided the sea to make a path for their feet.
The great lesson here taught is for all time. Often the Christian life is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before and bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, "Go forward." We should obey this command, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our feet. The obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, "Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly;" but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things. [PP 290.1,2]

The Red Sea did not part until the children of Israel actually started marching down in to the water. The Lord had given them enough evidences of his power and care that they needed to rely on faith to trust that if He bade them "go forward," that He would deliver them. This was a stern rebuke to me. As one who often wants all my "ducks in a row," I realize that sometimes when the Lord reveals His will to me clearly, that I need to move forward in faith and leave the consequences with God. If I'm honest with myself, I must admit that He's never failed me yet. I pray the Lord will impress upon you, the reader, with the needful application for your life today.

Happy Sabbath!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Surrender

I have a few minutes here at Bryan College, so I decided to post. I thought I'd share a few quotes that have been especially meaningful to me recently, I think they speak such volumes that no commentary on my part is needed to make clear their significance:

We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to yield to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which hinders us in the heavenward way. Even when called upon to surrender those things which in themselves are good, we may be sure that God is thus working out for us some higher good. In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings. [MH 473.4-474.1]

God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. [MH 479.2]