Are You An Anxious Believer?
6/3/2013

Are You An Anxious Believer?
John A. Gray

Changing circumstances often causes the anxious believer to ask, "Why is this happening to me?" I looked for light, but darkness came; for peace, but faced trouble.  Only yesterday I could read my future clearly; but today my evidences are blurred, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday I could climb the mountain and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but great distress. Is this part of God's plan for me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven?

 

These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith --- they are winds that steer your ship more quickly toward the desired haven. What David wrote then will be true of you:

 

Psa 107:30 ASV.  Then are they glad because they are quiet; So he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

 

By honor and dishonor, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace --- by all these things your spiritual life is maintained, and by each of these you are helped on your way.

 

Act 14:22 ASV.  confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Learn, then, to "count it all joy . . . when you meet trials of various kinds."

 

Jas 1:2 ASV.  Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations;

 

O let my trembling soul be still,

While darkness veils this mortal eye,

And wait Thy wise and holy will,

Though wrapped in fears and mystery:

I cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see;

Yet all is well since ruled by Thee!

 

When, mounted on Thy clouded car,

Thou send'st Thy darker spirits down,

I can discern Thy light afar,

Thy light sweet beaming through their frown;

And, should I faint a moment, then

I think of Thee, and smile again.

 

So, trusting in Thy love, I tread

The narrow path of duty on;

What though some cherished joys are fled?

What though some flattering dreams are gone?

Yet purer, nobler joys remain,

And peace is won through conquered pain.

 

(John Bowring)

 

1Pe 1:6-7 ASV.  (6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, (7)  that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ:






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