“Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:10-11
The Man Christ Jesus!
Author: Gary Shepard Tune: O God Our Help
1. A sinless man must come to die,
The death I could not die.
And in my place bear all my guilt,
And I on Him rely.
2. A bleeding Savior is my Hope,
A Man divine is He.
No other one could e'er redeem,
A sinner such as me.
3. A living man must rise again,
From sin and death to free.
And I in Him did also rise,
To sweetest liberty.
4. In other words, the Man I need,
Is just the Man I trust.
The Man Christ Jesus, He has saved,
This man who is but dust!
God's Providential Reign
“The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.”
This world is not a kingdom without a throne, a throne without a sovereign, or a sovereign without a scepter; by no blind accident are the affairs of this planet governed.
God is in the history of the world its past, its present, and its yet unshapen future.
The statesman and the politician may not recognize this fact; but it is so, God rules the kingdom of providence.
His hand is moving and controlling all events and circumstances, national and social, public and private; giving birth, and shape and tint to those phenomena in the history of nations, and to those affairs in the history of individuals, which to human perception are often enshrouded in mystery so dreadful and profound.
Let this view of God's providential reign hush all murmurings at our lot, making us content with such things as we have, assured that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Let it bow our soul in meek submission to His sovereign will, in view of those painful and inexplicable events which sometimes cast the darkest shade upon our sunniest landscape, and dash from our lips their sweetest cup of joy.
Let it incite our gratitude for the blessings loaned us so long, though now removed; and for the blessings which still remain to soothe, and gladden, and cheer us onward.
Let it strengthen our faith in the Divine assurance that our daily bread shall be given us, our path shielded amid encircling evil, and our soul, guided by His counsel and kept by His power, eventually and safely conducted home to glory.
“Yes, Lord, the kingdom of providence is Yours, and I would see Your hand, and trace Your wisdom, and taste Your goodness in all the shaping and tinting of my whole history. I would deal alone with You in all the lights and shadows of my daily life. Those lights and shadows are of Your penciling, O Lord. If joy thrills my heart, it is of Your inspiration. If sorrow breaks it, it is of Your sending. Teach me that I have, in all things, to do only with You.” --Octavius Winslow
Even the Little Things!
There is a divine will which governs all things. Nothing happens apart from divine determination and decree.
Even the little things in life are not overlooked by the all-seeing eye. “The very hairs of your head are numbered.”
The station of a reed by the river is as fixed and foreknown as the station of a king!
The chaff from the hand of the winnower is as much steered as the stars in their courses!
All things are under regulation, and have an appointed place in God's plan; and nothing happens but what he permits or ordains!