Weep with Those Who Weep - Purity 948
Purity 948 01/23/2023 Purity 948 Podcast
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Today’s photo of a somewhat dark and foreboding sunset over Port Noarlunga in South Australia comes to us from Dave Baun Photography (https://www.facebook.com/DaveBaunPhotography) who shared this solemn scene on Saturday stating: “An unplanned stop at Port Noarlunga was perhaps the last time I had to regret not having the camera with me. Since then it is almost always with me wherever I go, just in case! My next visit there I was happy to capture this moody sunset.”
We can only imagine the scene Dave wasn’t able to capture at Port Noarlunga on the day he didn’t have his camera, but his and our loss, has become our gain as his regret caused him to be committed to having his camera on him virtually at all times so he could capture the beautiful moments of life as they happened, even when he didn’t expect it.
Well, it’s Monday and I chose Dave’s rather dark sunset photo because I received a few reports of loss and brokenness over the weekend. Although I guess I could be in a dark mood because another weekend has expired and the first day of the work week has come with snow in my area, I am in a quiet place this morning because I learned of a sudden death in the family on Saturday and of the possible disillusion of a marriage on Sunday.
As much as I could “Monday morning quarterback” these situations by offering my speculations and reflections, I am choosing to remain silent and am deciding just to pray for the people who are at the heart of these tragedies knowing from experience that those who suffer a major trauma like a sudden death or sudden break in relationship don’t necessarily need our words as much as they may need our prayers or presence. As I am not immediately involved in either of these situations, my presence isn’t expected or required and inserting my self into them would be unnatural and could be met with hostility. No matter how well intentioned, people don’t appreciate a “buttinsky” especially in the wake of major loses like these.
So instead of unnaturally inserting myself into someone else’s pain, I am praying for both situations. I’m praying for God to help those mourning the death of their loved one and praying for God to help those who seem to be separating.
Not too long ago, I was chastised by a person I respect because they felt I didn’t take the feelings of others into consideration when I blogged about a mutual friend’s untimely passing. So I am choosing to follow Paul’s advice from
12:15 (NKJV) where he advised the saints in Rome to
15 … weep with those who weep.
So as Christians, let’s remember to weep with those who weep and pray for them. Where appropriate, we can offer the hurting our help or presence but let’s realize that although we may have the answers to life and death in Christ, we should be wise in how and when we share that wisdom.
Anyway, in light of these tragedies, the end of the weekend and inclement weather don’t seem to be a big deal and if we are mourning the loss of the weekend or our favorite sports teams, we should remember that others around us may be going through some life changing traumas that won’t just dissipate as the today clears up and draws to an end.
As always, I would encourage us to look to the Lord and count our blessings and to be guided by Him in all the things we do. So keep walking and talking with God and try to love your neighbors as yourself.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Revelation 3:7 (NLT2)
7 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open.
Today’s verse reminds us that what Christ opens, no one can close and what He closes no one can open.
Not sure if where our resource, “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men” was going when they chose a verse from Revelation to put under the general heading of “Success” without explanation, but I suppose beyond the “end times context” of Revelation and Christ’s general warnings to the seven churches of antiquity to repent, I suppose this verse does point to God’s sovereign will behind all things, that if He doesn’t open up an opportunity for you, it just won’t open, and if he “shuts a door” no amount of trying on our part will change it.
With this “hard truth” that sometimes there are no second chances or that sometimes the answer is no, we could despair, but what it should do is cause us to draw close to God in prayer to help us to receive His guidance to follow His will where we can be ready to walk through the doors that He opens to us and to move along to the next thing when a door closes.
Losses in life sometimes can’t be regained. We have to accept that “that door is closed”, grieve the loss and move on.
However, even out of tragedy, God can move all things together for good to those who love Him. So let’s realize and respect God’s sovereign will and walk with Him and allow Him to guide us to the new opportunities that He opens for us.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By ARTHUR W. PINK
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN SALVATION, continues.
3. The Sovereignty of God the Holy Spirit in Salvation
Since the Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons in the blessed Trinity, it necessarily follows that He is in full sympathy with the will and design of the other Persons of the Godhead. The eternal purpose of the Father in election, the limited design in the death of the Son, and the restricted scope of the Holy Spirit’s operations are in perfect accord. If the Father chose certain ones before the foundation of the world and gave them to His Son, and if it was for them that Christ gave Himself a ransom, then the Holy Spirit is not now working to “bring the world to Christ.” The mission of the Holy Spirit in the world today is to apply the benefits of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice. The question which is now to engage us is not the extent of the Holy Spirit’s power—on that point there can be no doubt, it is infinite—but what we shall seek to show is that His power and operations are directed by Divine wisdom and sovereignty.
We have just said that the power and operations of the Holy Spirit are directed by Divine wisdom and indisputable sovereignty. In proof of this assertion we appeal first to our Lord’s words to Nicodemus in John 3:8—“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” A comparison is here drawn between the wind and the Spirit. The comparison is a double one: first, both are sovereign in their actions, and second, both are mysterious in their operations. The comparison is pointed out in the word “so.” The first point of analogy is seen in the words, “where it listeth” or “pleaseth;” the second is found in the words “canst not tell.” With the second point of analogy we are not now concerned, but upon the first we would comment further.
“The wind bloweth where it pleaseth … so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” The wind is an element which man can neither harness nor hinder. The wind neither consults man’s pleasure nor can it be regulated by his devices. So it is with the Spirit. The wind blows when it pleases, where it pleases, as it pleases. So it is with the Spirit. The wind is regulated by Divine wisdom, yet, so far as man is concerned, it is absolutely sovereign in its operations. So it is with the Spirit. Sometimes the wind blows so softly it scarcely rustles a leaf; at other times it blows so loudly that its roar can be heard for miles. So it is in the matter of the new birth; with some the Holy Spirit deals so gently that His work is imperceptible to human onlookers; with others His action is so powerful, radical, revolutionary, that His operations are patent to many. Sometimes the wind is purely local in its reach, at other times widespread in its scope. So it is with the Spirit: today He acts on one or two souls, tomorrow He may, as at Pentecost, “prick in the heart” a whole multitude. But whether He works on few or many He consults not man. He acts as He pleases. The new birth is due to the sovereign will of the Spirit.
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