Thursday, January 31, 2013

wonders in the deep

Another reason to count it all as joy...

"God's great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory.   Any aim less than this is unworthy of Himself.  But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are?  Humankind's eye is not single.  We always glance sideways towards our own honor, have too high an estimation of our own powers, and aren't qualified therefore to behold the glory of the LORD.  It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why He frequently brings His people into straits and difficulties, that being conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forward to work their deliverance.  He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see just a little of the glory of the LORD, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, is only slightly fitted for being filled with the revelation of God.  They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks know a little about the God of tempests; but they who 'do business in great waters,' these see His 'wonders in the deep.'  Among the huge Atlantic waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach we learn the power of Jehovah because we feel the littleness of humankind.  Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you the experience of God's greatness and loving-kindness.  Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as He did His servant Moses, that you might behold His glory as it passed by.  Praise God that you have not been left in the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of His glory in His wonderful dealings with you."

Words from the wise Charles Spurgeon.

Beholding His glory in the wonders of the deep.
Can I get an Amen?