God Will Take Care of You

Walter Martin was to preach at a church near Lestershire, N.Y., but was concerned his sick wife, Civilla, needed his care.

The couple’s son asked his father, “Don’t you think that if God wants you to preach today, that he will take care of mother?” Walter kept his preaching appointment, and when he returned home found his wife feeling better and that she had written a hymn.

“Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;

Beneath his wings of love abide, God will take care of you!

God will take care of you. Thro’ every day, O’er all the way;

He will take care of you, God will take care of you.”

Civilla had heard what her son had said and wrote the words to “God Will Take Care of You.” Walter, who was also musically trained, wrote the melody.

There is a scene in heaven of God’s care for his people. In Revelation 7:13 there is a picture of the redeemed who had suffered through tribulation on earth and are now in the care of their heavenly Father.

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of them shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes,” (Revelation 7:16-17 KJV).

God is taking care of them in this passage just as he always had. This is the lesson we should heed. God is taking care of us now, and he always will. And, God will take care of you in the future. His people have nothing to worry whatever may happen.

When dark days come and we need to be lifted up, let us remember that our God continually looks after us and cares for us. Our God will never stop loving us. Even at the hour of our departure from this earth, his care will continue eternally.

#care, #god, #love

Careful of those Footnotes!

Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all spoke of Judah stumbling and falling over God’s word.

In Jeremiah 6, the prophet told Judah God was about to bring disaster upon his own people because they refused to obey his word (Jeremiah 6:19).

So, if Judah stumbled because they made the choice to ignore God’s word and refused correction, as Jeremiah says in the aforementioned reference, then why is it there are men who believe in the impossibility of apostasy?

Yet, one unnamed person, writing a footnote to the “HCSB Apologetics Bible” commenting on Jeremiah 6:19-21 wrote, “If we stumble it is our own fault; if we do not it is because in his mercy God has kept us from unwise choices.”

So, the reason why we cannot stumble is because God “has kept us away from unwise choices?” Therefore, our path in life is predetermined, is it not? So, if I am saved, I am no longer capable of committing adultery, since God keeps me from making an unwise choice, right?

Yet, God is not a respecter of persons. The Apostle Peter said, “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people,but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him,” (Acts 10:34-35 NET).

The statement from the human footnote is lost in a helpless contradiction. Either God keeps his chosen people from unwise choices, meaning God is a respecter of persons, or those who fear him and “does what is right is welcomed before him.”

Was not Judah God’s chosen people? But God did not keep them from unwise choices. He will not keep us from choosing sin, either.

Careful of those footnotes!

#care, #footnotes, #god, #jeremiah

‘Beauty for Ashes’

The Gospel Advocate Company copyrighted the hymn, “Beauty for Ashes” in 1948.

Written by Grant Colfax Tullar, the hymn’s first verse is: “Beauty for ashes God hath decreed! Help He provideth for every need; what is unlovely he will restore; grace all-sufficient ― what need we more?”

The hymn comes from one of Isaiah’s verses that says, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,” (Isaiah 61:3).

One of the most important aspects of salvation is repentance. Repentance is a change of mind reflected in a change of conduct. It begins with godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10) and leads to a change in the life.

One must be brokenhearted to repent. One must understand the heavy burden and toll of sin and that it is causing a separation (Isaiah 61:1-2). One must understand sin makes captive body and soul and can continue its bondage in eternity.

But God has provided a remedy for sin. No matter if your body and spirit are racked by a lifetime of sin, Jesus can, as the song says, restore was is unlovely. He can take our burdens and turn them into peace. He will trade our strife and turn it into concord.

All he needs is you to come to him brokenhearted and ready to obey.

Tullar wrote, “God gives for sadness ‘garments of praise;’ (also from Isaiah 61:3) Stars for our twilight, strength for our days; Hope for tomorrow, care for today; Light for our footsteps all of life’s way.”

Repent and obey God today. He will take your heartache in trade.

#burden, #care, #jesus-christ, #sin

Oh, yes he cares!

At a recent funeral, the speaker characterized Jesus at Lazarus’ death in John 11 as being “angry.”

He said the word in John 11:33 translated, “groaned in his spirit,” in the King James Version, meant he was angry about Lazarus’ death. The reason why is because the same word is translated “straitly (or sternly) charged.” Therefore, because Jesus was translated as stern in both Matthew 9:30 and Mark 1:43, the word should be defined as “angered” in John 11:33.

Certainly anger can be present at death, since it is one of the stages of grief, but there is more to consider in the passage.

A reminder of the context of the passage is necessary here. The general emotional state was sorrow. When Mary came to Jesus, the passage tells us, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” The passage itself is the best definition of its terms.

Jesus cares! The emotions that welled up inside him flowed outside his body as a fountain. One translation said that “Jesus audibly groaned.” His feelings for those who were sorrowed at Lazarus’ death were visible (Jesus wept) and audible.

This idea was contrary to the Greek notion that the gods were apathetic to humans; caring neither that they live or die or mourn for those who have passed from this life. The true God of creation cares!

This display of emotion from the Christ is one of the most beautiful parts of scripture and is precious because it shows God cares when we are hurting.

 “Oh, yes he cares! I know he cares!

  His heart is touched at my grief!

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,

I know my Savior cares!”

#care, #jesus-christ

"Fear Ye Not" – Matthew 10:31

In the context of Matthew 10, Jesus is telling his twelve disciples what to expect when they go from city to city, preaching the gospel. He explains to them that the world will hate them because of the message they preach – including those of their own household (Matthew 10:16-22). He then tells them to preach the whole gospel without fear (Matthew 10:26-27), the only person to fear is the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).

In Matthew 10:31, He then goes to to say that the disciples are of far more value than that of mere sparrows, therefore, they are not to “fear” what man can do to them – God will take care of them, even in death (Matthew 10:29-31; cf. Romans 8:28-39; cf. Psalm 116:15; Revelation 14:12-13).

When Jesus rides in our boat, there is absolutely nothing to fear: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/02/05/when-jesus-rides-in-our-boat-2/

#care, #context, #death, #disciples, #explain, #fear, #gospel, #hate, #household, #jesus, #preach, #twelve, #world

The “little ones” in my life is my con…

The “little ones” in my life is my congregation of loving and caring people who help me when I’m in financial straits. Conversely, I help them in preaching and teaching the sound gospel of Christ (or whatever else needs to be done). We help one another, and in so doing, both of us are richly blessed by the Lord.

#blessed, #care, #congregation, #financial, #gospel, #help, #life, #love, #people, #preach, #strait, #teach

What trial has made me stronger? When I,…

What trial has made me stronger? When I, along with 550 other folks, was laid off from a major gas pipeline company back in 1996. Many of us could have retired with just a few days until retirement, but the company’s cutoff date prevented that from happening. For a while, I was bitter, but later on realized that the layoff caused me to trust in the Lord more than I ever had before.

There’s a positive aspect in trials and tribulations, in that they cause us to trust in the Lord for everything we have, and be thankful that we have such a loving and caring God.

#care, #love, #strong, #thankful, #trial, #tribulation

My grandmother (passed from this life in…

My grandmother (passed from this life in 1989) was my greatest example – not only in word, but in deed. She would help any poor soul who needed help in any way she could. She would stay with people in the local hospital right up until they passed from this life.

I remember when I was sick with the normal childhood diseases (mumps, whooping cough, strep throat, chicken pox, etc.), she would bring my meals to me in bed, because I would be too weak to get out of bed.

She read her Bible every day – even when she was sick herself. She never missed an assembly of the Lord’s people unless she was extremely sick. I guess that’s why I never missed an assembly, because she and my grandfather would take me to church when I was still in diapers.

In a word – a selfless person who loved the Lord and her fellowman – a woman of integrity.

#bible, #care, #dedication, #deed