Bank holiday weekend! Woo-hoo! 5 days holiday after a really busy week. Had felt stronger but for some reason, alas the black dog and the terror of ‘copelessness’ returns! Curse be upon it – why now! And just at this time so do my daily meditations turn to support me. Is this fortuitous or providential? You will hear people say ‘time and chance happens to us all’ – this is in the bible but is in a dubious context to use as supporting luck, and anyway could be translated as ‘moments and meetings come on us all’ in other words God is sovereign in every situation.
This is what C.S. Lewis wrote to a friend: “If an event coming about in the ordinary course of nature becomes to me the occasion of hope and faith and love, do we suppose that this result was unforeseen by, or is indifferent to, God? What we should have called its fortuitous effects must have been present to Him for all eternity.”
If you see in an event a sign, then it probably is one. (The interpretation is a different issue!) But don’t worship luck and chance, if you do this is God’s view: “”But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter“. Hmm God wants us to know He is in charge?
Here are the days thoughts, you decide:
Spurgeon’s Cheque Book of Faith: “…I note how He bids me “be of good cheer.” Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast. My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my Lord bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down. What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood. Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again. Therefore am I of good cheer and sing unto my conquering Lord.”
His morning thought “What is our Kidron this morning? Is it a faithless friend, a sad bereavement, a slanderous reproach, a dark foreboding? The King has passed over all these. Is it bodily pain, poverty, persecution, or contempt? Over each of these Kidrons the King has gone before us. “In all our afflictions He was afflicted.” The idea of strangeness in our trials must be banished at once and for ever, for He who is the Head of all saints, knows by experience the grief which we think so peculiar.”