A pathetic sight….

Here’s a great combination of biblical insights from Arthur Pink, (“The Rest of Christ”)….

Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy laden–and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

I will give you rest.” What a claim to make! To impart rest of soul to another, lies beyond the power of the most exalted creature. Neither Confucius, Buddha, nor Mohammed ever made such a claim as this!

As Christ is the only One who can bestow rest of soul–so there is no true rest to be found apart from Him. The creature cannot impart it. The world cannot communicate it. We ourselves cannot, by any efforts of our own, manufacture it. One of the most pathetic sights in this world, is to behold the unregenerate, vainly seeking happiness and contentment in the things of time and sense–and finding that these are all broken cisterns which can hold no water. They are like the poor woman mentioned in Mark 5:26, who “had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better–she grew worse!”

What is the nature of this “rest” which Christ gives to all who truly come to Him? It is a spiritual rest, a satisfying rest, “rest for the soul” as the Savior declares later in this passage. It is such a rest as this world can neither give–nor take away.

garbage1It is a rest from that vain and wearisome quest, which engages and absorbs the sinner, before the Spirit of God opens his eyes to see his folly–and moves him to seek after the true riches. It is indeed pitiful–to behold those who are made for eternity–wasting their time and energies wandering from object to object, searching for that which cannot satisfy them–only to be vexed by repeated and incessant disappointments. And thus it is with all–until they come to Christ, for He has written over all the pursuits and pleasures of this world, “Whoever drinks of this water–shall thirst again!” (John 4:13)

Forcibly was that fact exemplified by the case of Solomon, who was provided with everything which the carnal heart could desire, and who gratified his lusts to the full, only to find that, “Behold, all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind!” (Eccl. 1:14). It is from this vexation of spirit, that Christ delivers His people, for He declares “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him–shall never thirst!” (John 4:14)

pdb

Expect some adversity along the way…

Arthur Pink, an excerpt from “David’s Flight” —

Prosperity is often a mixed blessing, and adversity is far from being an unmixed calamity!

Alternating spiritual prosperity and adversity, is the lot of God’s people on this earth. All is not unclouded sunshine with them–nor is it unrelieved gloom and storm. There is a mingling of both:
joys–and sorrows;
victories–and defeats;
assistance from friends–and injuries from foes;
smiles from the Lord’s countenance–and the hidings of His face.

By such changes, opportunities are afforded for the development and exercise of different graces, so that we may, in our measure, “know how to be abased–and how to abound . . . both to be full–and to be empty” (Phil. 4:12). But above all, that we may, amid varying circumstances, prove the unchanging faithfulness of God–and His sufficiency to supply our every need.

040208-test-road-031Ah, my reader, if you are one of God’s elect–do not expect a smooth and easy path through this earthly wilderness–but be prepared for varying circumstances and drastic changes. The Christian’s resting place is not in this world, for “here have we no continuing city” (Hebrews 13:14). The Christian is a “pilgrim,” on a journey; he is a “soldier,” called on to fight the good fight of faith. The more this is realized, the less keen will be the disappointment, when our ease is disturbed, and our outward peace harshly broken in upon.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,” and if ‘troubles’ do not come to us in one form–they most certainly will in another! If we really appropriate this promise–then we shall not be so staggered when afflictions come upon us. It is written that, “it is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22), and therefore we should make up our minds to expect the same, and to “not to think it strange” (1 Peter 4:12) when we are called upon to pass through “the fiery trial.” Affliction, tribulation, and fiery trial–are a times, our portion here on earth.

Changing circumstances afford opportunity for the development and exercise of different graces. Some graces are of the active and aggressive kind–while others are of a passive order, requiring quite another setting for their display. Some of the traits which mark the soldier on a battlefield, would be altogether out of place were he languishing on a bed of sickness. Both spiritual joy and godly sorrow–are equally beautiful in their season.

As there are certain vegetables, fruits, and flowers which cannot be grown in lands which are unvisited by nipping winds and biting frosts–so there are some fruits of the Spirit which are only produced in the soil of severe trials, troubles and tribulations!

Thank God for His faithfulness in everything,
pdb