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Christ Knows Best

21 Apr

Christ Knows Best at What Time to do Anything for His People

John 11:16: “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”

“We read that when He had heard that Lazarus “was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.” In fact, He purposely delayed his journeys, and did not come to Bethany till Lazarus had been four days in the grave. No doubt He knew well what was going on: but He never moved till the time came which He saw was best. For the sake of the Church and world, for the good of friends and enemies, He kept away.

The children of God must constantly school their minds to learn the great lesson now before us. Nothing so helps us to bear patiently the trials of life as an abiding conviction of the perfect wisdom by which everything around us is managed. Let us try to believe not only that all that happens to us is well done, but that it is done in the best manner, by the right instrument and at the right time. We are naturally impatient in the day of trial. We are apt to say, like Moses, when beloved ones are sick, “Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee” (Num. 12:13). We forget that Christ is too wise a Physician to make any mistakes. It is the duty of faith to say, “My times are in your hand. Do with me as you will, how you will, what you will, and when you will. Not my will, but Thine be done.” The highest degree of faith is to be able to wait, sit still and not complain.

Let us turn from the passage with a settled determination to trust Christ entirely with all the concerns of this world, both public and private. Let us believe that He by whom all things were made  at first is He who is managing all with perfect wisdom. The affairs of kingdoms, families and private individuals, are all alike overruled by Him. He chooses all the portions of His people. When we are sick, it is because He knows it to be for our good: when He delays coming to help us it is for the same wise reason. The hand that was nailed to the cross is too wise and loving to smite without needs-be, or to keep us waiting for relief without a cause.” -Taken From Day By Day With J.C. Ryle Edited by Eric Russel.

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in My Life as a Christian

 

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6 responses to “Christ Knows Best

  1. #1

    April 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Very comforting My brother. Thanks for posting this. We as fallen man often find this very difficult to put our faith in. We think sometimes we can manage things on our own. Even with our weakness He remains by our side.

     
    • conmakhalira

      April 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks my sister for reading and leaving a comment. You are very right, God’s providence continues to work even in our weakness to the glory of his name and for our own good and benefit.

       
  2. Atupele

    April 24, 2014 at 2:40 am

    i just love this part; “My times are in your hand. Do with me as you will, how you will, what you will, and when you will. Not my will, but Thine be done.”
    this is just what i needed….

     
    • conmakhalira

      April 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Thanks Atupele for reading and leaving a comment. Indeed, it is so true that whatever happens in our lives, it is being perfectly directed by the gracious and almighty and all-knowing hand of God. Grace to you.

       
  3. Dave Moore

    May 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    You wrote an article on “Touch not mine anointed” a while back. You need to see this recent video exposing a so-called prophet as he makes “prophetic” death threats to another ministry: http://youtu.be/bRtIuXMdC1k: These men are not helping the cause and they need to be challenged.

     
    • conmakhalira

      May 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks for sharing Dave. I appreciate. “By their fruits, you will know them” Christ said.

       

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