Friday, September 21, 2012


"Sometimes soldiers do not have as much as an hour's warning before they must take the field. And so you, too, might be called out to suffer for God or from Him before you expect it. Abraham, for example, had very little time to deal with his heart and persuade it to obey God by offering his child. "Take now thy son, your only son, Isaac, whom thou love"-- not in a year, not a month or week, but now, Genesis 2:22. This command came during the night and "early in the morning" he was on his way to the mountain (v. 3).
How could Abraham have handled such a shock had he not already wrestled with his own willingness or unwillingness to endeavor to be obedient to God in all things? Thus God already had His servant's whole heart and all Abraham was left to do was to obey. Sometimes God makes very sudden changes in our personal lives. For example, how would you receive a death bulletin like the one God gave Moses? He did not have the gradual preparation of a lingering illness but heard the message while he still enjoyed perfect health: "Get thee up... And die in the mount..."Deuteronomy 32:49. Are we and our feet really ready for a journey like that?
But God can change the scene of public affairs as quickly as He can change personal situations. Maybe authority smiles on the church right now; yet it might frown again soon. "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea" Acts 9:31- it was a blessed time for the saints. But it did not last long: "About that time Herod the king stretched forth his hand to vex certain of the church" Acts 12:1. In this persecution James the brother of John died by the sword and Peter was thrown into prison. The entire church was driven into a corner to pray in the night; and those who had had rest on every side now were threatened by violent death at every turn.”
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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