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And as the objects we here enjoy are insufficient for our rest, so God, who is sufficient, is here little enjoyed.We have things backwards, don't we? We enjoy the things around us which are not enough to satisfy us, instead of God who is sufficient.
And can any soul that hath made God his portion, as every one hath that shall be saved by Him, find rest in so vast a distance from Him, and so seldom and small enjoyment of Him?Can we really be satisfied with distance between us and God, the One that we truly desire? Can we help but to draw nearer and nearer to Him?
Nor are we now capable of rest, as there is a worthiness must go before it. Christ will give the crown to none but the worthy. Are we fit for the crown before we have overcome? or for the prize before we have run the race? or to receive our penny before we have wrought in the vineyard? or to be rulers of ten cities before we have improved our ten talents? or to enter into the joy of our Lord before we have well done as good and faithful servants? God will not alter the course of justice, to give you rest before you have labored, nor the crown of glory till you have overcome. There is reason enough why our rest should remain till the life to come. Take heed, then, Christian reader, how thou darkest to contrive and care for a rest on earth; or to murmur at God for thy trouble, and toil, and wants in the flesh.Sometimes, I wonder why things have to be so hard here on Earth before I get to Heaven, and this paragraph helps me to understand. While Christ has secured my place in Heaven for all eternity, I still need to go through some trials and tribulations in order to mature so that I'm more worthy of what He has done for me. This is also a warning to me, not to complain about what my Heavenly Father has ordained for me.
The sovereign moment of his life was upon Ben-Hur. Could he have taken the offer and said the word, history might have been other than it is; but then it would have been history ordered by men, not God -- something that never was, and never will be. (p. 125)There are many things in history that we wish hadn't happened: the Holocaust, the Spanish Inquisition, the beheadings of Christians by ISIS. And if we had the choice, maybe we would choose for them not to happen. If we did that, however, history would be by our making, not God's, and do we really know what's best for the whole world? If someone had intervened in Christ's suffering and dying, so that it didn't happen, where would we be? I don't know. It's incomprehensible. But I do know that God's way is the best way, and all I can do is trust Him through it. Look at the beauty of salvation that comes to us because of the horrors of the cross! What good came from the Holocaust and other atrocities? I don't know exactly, but I do know that good was a result because God works everything for our good and His glory.