From the Desk of Pastor Bill Rigsby

12th August 2013 by Administrator

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote in his devotional Morning and Evening about this scripture: “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad.” He discusses the power of God in all things here on earth and in heaven. He reminds us that nothing is that is not under His sovereignty. Spurgeon says, “In all our conflicts and tribulations, we too can behold the hand of our divine King.” He then quotes from a German poet, Johann Friedrich Zihn, who was translated by Catherine Winkworth, here is his poem:
God is God; He sees and hears All our troubles, all our tears. Soul, forget not, ‘mid your pains, God o’er all forever reigns.
Fear not death, nor Satan’s thrusts, God defends who in Him trusts; Soul, remember, in your pains, God o’er all forever reigns.
For this life’s long night of sadness He will give us peace and gladness. Soul, remember, in your pains, God o’er all forever reigns.
What great truths we see in the poem! God is the Eternal King and no one in heaven denies sovereignty of the Lord all they can do is fall on their faces to honor Him as their King. Angels attend Him and the believers worship him and because they have been redeemed by the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, they are His favorites. All delight to serve our God day and night. We here on this earth Spurgeon says all who believe in the Lord God of heaven seek to reach that city of the great King soon.
Jim Reimann writes an updated version of the Morning Devotions by Charles Spurgeon says about these thoughts, that unbelievers and some believers together may deny God’s sovereignty over their lives but the reality is that the Word of God is true and what we think of it doesn’t change the truth of God’s all consuming sovereignty. But those who are mature in Christ believe the scriptures and particularly Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
As Dr. Reimann ends his thoughts he quotes Psalm 119:89-91, 89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.
I hope from this devotion you will take heart at all that is happening in the world now. God is the one who is in control. He is the one who has His hand on His children no matter where they are and sees their needs and touches their lives with grace, mercy and truth. The word of God calls for us to pray for all our fellow believers who may be experiencing trials and sufferings all around the world, are you? (1 Peter 5:9, “ Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Hebrews 13:3, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”)

May our Lord God bless each who read these thoughts today.

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