Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Praise God for His Mercy

I have been released from the doctor to go back to work Monday!!!! Everything is healing like it should and I can see at about 50% of what I could. Half of my vision is obscured by an air bubble so I can't read with my bifocals. I praise God for allowing me to heal as quickly. I am so thankful for my church family at Grace Baptist in Mt. Juliet who has provided meals for us. I am so thankful for my former congregation whom I was honored to serve as pastor for sending some money to help us out since I've been on leave without pay for about a week. I am so thankful for my wife and kids and how good they've been. I praise God for my mother in law who came up and stayed a week to help us out. I thank my God for Dr. Trent Wallace at Tennessee Retina who performed the surgery. God is awesome!!

I would like to share with you something that someone shared with me that was of great encouragement. No matter what you're going through, child of God, you can be sure that the God and Savior you serve is a faithful God and He will bring you through your trial.

Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for his people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading them to treasure up the grain of the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was the corn in store for him. Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf; in the roll of thy griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow he will deliver thee, and somewhere he will provide for thee. The quarter from which thy rescue shall arise may be a very unexpected one, but help will assuredly come in thine extremity, and thou shalt magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed thee, ravens shall; and if earth yield not wheat, heaven shall drop with manna.

Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if he pleases, and make the source of distress the channel of delight. The corn in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them liberally to his people. Joseph was abundantly ready to succour his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in his faithful care for his brethren. Our business is to go after the help which is provided for us: we must not sit still in despondency, but bestir ourselves. Prayer will bear us soon into the presence of our royal Brother: once before his throne we have only to ask and have: his stores are not exhausted; there is corn still: his heart is not hard, he will give the corn to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from thy fullness and receive grace for grace.

Spurgeon, Charles H., Morning and Evening,

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