Wednesday, May 14, 2014

YOU ARE NOW DIFFERENT

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1 Kings 22:48

"Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber."

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Solomon's ships had returned in safety, but Jehoshaphat's vessels never reached the land of gold. Providence prospers one, and frustrates the desires of another, in the same business and at the same spot, yet the Great Ruler is as good and wise at one time as another. May we have grace to-day, in the remembrance of this text, to bless the Lord for ships broken at Ezion-geber, as well as for vessels freighted with temporal blessings; let us not envy the more successful, nor murmur at our losses as though we were singularly and specially tried. Like Jehoshaphat, we may be precious in the Lord's sight, although our schemes end in disappointment.

The secret cause of Jehoshaphat's loss is well worthy of notice, for it is the root of very much of the suffering of the Lord's people; it was his alliance with a sinful family, his fellowship with sinners. In 2 Chron. 20:37, we are told that the Lord sent a prophet to declare, "Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works." This was a fatherly chastisement, which appears to have been blest to him; for in the verse which succeeds our morning's text we find him refusing to allow his servants to sail in the same vessels with those of the wicked king. Would to God that Jehoshaphat's experience might be a warning to the rest of the Lord's people, to avoid being unequally yoked together with unbelievers! A life of misery is usually the lot of those who are united in marriage, or in any other way of their own choosing, with the men of the world. O for such love to Jesus that, like Him, we may be holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father. I thank you for calling me out of this world and making Holy unto you. I pray you help me live always with this consciousness, In Jesus name. Amen

YEARLY BIBLE READING: Joshua 21-24 OR LISTEN (click to read or listen)

By Charles Spurgeon

www.streamglobedevotional.com

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AUDIO LINK: http://www.streamglobe.com/download/dailies42.mp3

1 comment:

  1. Yes I agree with you, we all should learn to abase and abound. But when we try doing something we believe is God's will and it doesn't work the way we planned, is the reason for it always because of something wrong on our side or is God just being God and all knowing?

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