He who gives attention to the word will find good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord (Proverbs 16:20).
We ought not only to avoid every thing sinful and foolish, and to exercise ourselves diligently in our necessary businesses and duties, but likewise to do every thing that we undertake wisely and discreetly. The prudent management of affairs is attended with great comfort and advantage.
One of the most heart-warming books that could possibly adorn any Christian's bookshelf is surely the life of that old Cornish miner, "Billy Bray - The King's Son." Some books have a particular kind of ministry to the reading Christian – exhortation, comfort, instruction, and so on.
D. Scott Meadows
Rationality and rationalism are linguistic brothers and conceptual enemies. After all, they only differ in the last two letters, but they are notions worlds apart. Their shared etymology is the Latin rationalis, with the sense, “possessing reason,” that is, a basis or cause for some belief. Rationality is a good thing; to believe anything for no reason at all is utter irrationality. The basis of our beliefs is the all-important thing. True and sound rationality is based upon the firm foundation of God and His Word. Rationalism teeters on the flimsy foundation of oneself. We are all confronted with these two basic epistemological options. Will we trust in the Lord or in ourselves? And all of Scripture bears witness that this is the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the truly blessed and those still under a divine curse.
These all died in faith (Hebrews 11:13).
Behold the epitaph of all those blessed saints who fell asleep before the coming of our Lord! It matters nothing how else they died, whether of old age, or by violent means; this one point, in which they all agree, is the most worthy of record, “they all died in faith.” In faith they lived–it was their comfort, their guide, their motive and their support; and in the same spiritual grace they died, ending their life-song in the sweet strain in which they had so long continued. They did not die resting in the flesh or upon their own attainments; they made no advance from their first way of acceptance with God, but held to the way of faith to the end. Faith is as precious to die by as to live by.
“Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for Thou art my strength” (Psalm 31:4).
Our spiritual foes are of the serpent’s brood, a and seek to ensnare us by subtlety. The prayer before us supposes the possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. So deftly does the fowler do his work, that simple ones are soon surrounded by the net. The text asks that even out of Satan’s meshes the captive one may be delivered; this is a proper petition, and one which can be granted: from between the jaws of the lion, and out of the belly of hell, can eternal love rescue the saint. It may need a sharp pull to save a soul from the net of temptations, and a mighty pull to extricate a man from the snares of malicious cunning, but the Lord is equal to every emergency, and the most skilfully placed nets of the hunter shall never be able to hold His chosen ones. Woe unto those who are so clever at net laying; they who tempt others shall be destroyed themselves.
Could anything be higher than trusting God? Proverbs 3:5-6 has given God’s people the greatest comfort in life’s difficulties. These verses are among the most beloved and treasured. Unfortunately, popular passages like this one can become so familiar that we may lose the impact of the truth of them.
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