DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT MONDAY - A HEART STARTER. #2.
The heart has its reasons that reason does not know. - B. Pascal.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. - Prov 3:5-6.
A television program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, impossible as that sounds. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, "Left!" and "Right!"
As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers' word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe.
What a vivid picture of the Christian life! In this world, we are in reality blind about what course to take. We must rely solely on the Word of the only One who is truly sighted--God Himself. His Word gives us the direction we need to finish the course. - Robert W. Sutton.
Well folks, the weekends over, and it’s back to work for those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, for those who don’t, continue to enjoy your weekend, but remember, Mondays coming! As we know by experience, Mondays can be very difficult, especially after a lovely weekend, where we managed to spend some quality time with our families and friends, and suddenly it’s back to the grind.
I thought by way of encouragement, that we could have a ‘Heart Starter’ from the word of God, rather than the six cups of coffee, or whatever it takes, to get started for the rest of the week! Our text is taken this week from the book of Proverbs, from a man who had eight hundred wives, Solomon. Well, if someone needed wisdom it was him, so I am listening intently, when he gives advice.
"Duties are ours, events are God's; When our faith goes to meddle with events, and to hold account upon God's Providence, and beginneth to say, 'How wilt Thou do this or that?' we lose ground; we have nothing to do there; it is our part to let the Almighty exercise His own office, and steer His own helm; there is nothing left for us, but to see how we may be approved of Him, and how we roll the weight of our weak souls upon Him who is God omnipotent, and when we thus essay miscarrieth, it shall be neither our sin nor our cross." - Samuel Rutherford.
We who are mature in the Lord, should know by now, that the Lord is the never-ending supply of all that is good, and that He has made us with an intelligence, but dependent upon Him for everything, and He requires us to be mindful of that dependence. He commands us to believe His promises, and to look to Him for their fulfilment. We need to do this without doubt, fear or distrust, but to trust Him, and to trust Him with all of our hearts.
As followers of Christ, we can’t afford to rely on our own understanding, or else we will end up in trouble. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing that He is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings like rickety fences, which, if they lean upon, will fail.
The first section was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory. When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said.
Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, "Do you understand this theory?"
It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, "No, sir." You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited.
And then the slow words of the professor: "Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed." - Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
What a ‘heart starter’ for a Monday, straight into it! Remember, that there is a reason for the season; it’s the birthday of Jesus Christ! Let’s tell everyone we come into contact with, about His eternal life that He offers, to anyone who would believe in Him! Make someone’s Christmas the best one ever!
Loving Father, I thank you for the beautiful weekend that I had. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to totally trust in you, and not my own understanding. Help me Lord, to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, in this Christmas season. Use me Lord, to bring someone into your Kingdom, and make it their best Christmas ever!