“Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” … There is an ocean of God’s love available - there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love - whatever the circumstances.””
I was reading one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons last night and he said this:
Christ has not an unknown sheep. It is not possible that He should have overlooked or for-gotten one of them. He has such an intimate knowledge of all who are redeemed with His most precious blood that He never mistakes one of them for another, nor misjudges one of them. He knows their constitutions--those that are weak and feeble, those that are nervous and frightened, those that are strong, those that have a tendency to presumptio those that are sleepy, those that are brave, those that are sick, sorry, worried,
All I could think when I read this is this: Jesus knows your wounds.
Let that sink in.
He knows all about them even before I have the guts to tell Him about them. Even when it hurts so much that you don’t want to tell anyone about it. He knows already. He knows them exhaustively before you can even begin to understand them yourself.
This is my Savior, and I am in awe.
“God is at work in the mess. That’s the message of the Bible. That’s why the Bible is not pretty. That’s why it’s grimy, because God is working in the mess. He’s working in the tears.”
“Still remember that prayer is always to be offered in submission to God’s will; that when we say, God hears prayer,
we do not intend by that, that He always gives us literally what we ask for. We do mean, however, this, that He gives us
what is best for us; and that if He does not give us the mercy we ask for in silver, He bestows it upon us in gold.”
“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.”
“It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity, because worry means that we do not think God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything else that worries us.”
“It’s a cultural disability in America that we worship pleasure, leisure, and affluence. I think the church is doubly damned when they use Jesus as a vehicle for achieving all of that. Like, if you give a tithe, He’ll make you rich. Why? Are you hacking Him off or something? If you give a tithe, you get rid of ten percent of the root of all evil. You should be giving ninety percent. Cause God can handle money better than we can.”