25 May 2018

This 'n' That

The Lord is teaching me patience. He's also teaching me, in interesting ways, how it is that He answers prayer. I'll reserve the details for another time (perhaps), but suffice it to say that, I can unhesitatingly say that if you pray for Him to show you what He's doing, He will. Oh, He may not show you the entire picture, and what He makes clear may still cause things to look a bit muddy to our finite eyes, but He does still answer. Bit by bit, we gain clarity—in His time, not ours.

I was a patient child. An extremely patient child, in fact. I often feel as though I used up all my patience before the age of 12, because I certainly struggle to demonstrate it as an adult! And then I am reminded, and convicted, of the fact that patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and so I pray for more. Unfortunately, God doesn't answer that prayer by *poof!* magically granting me patience. No, instead He ordains circumstances that require patience and, thankfully, has granted me the enabling power of His Holy Spirit to help me through those situations. What a good and patient Father we have! That He would help us grow, even if by baby steps (or so it seems sometimes), to look more and more like His Son, our Savior.

Well, I hope you haven't been impatient for this holiday weekend, but it is finally here, so before you fire up the barbecue, take a few moments to first enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • So, this has happened. The Washington Post has a report on the same. Seems to me like that's a pretty cushy package considering the circumstances.
  • In light of the above, let's remember how to approach scandal in the church biblically.
  • I shared this sermon on the believer's assurance of salvation with a follower this week, and thought I'd post it as encouragement for others as well.
  • Did you join in on the Royal Wedding buzz last weekend? It was a beautiful sight! And in case you were wondering, here's the reason for that empty seat next to Prince William.
  • This was a good article critiquing the sermon that was delivered at the wedding.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Glad to hear this movie has been pulled from theaters.
  • The glory of God in Isaiah.
  • Yep, this is what happens when you unhitch the Old Testament from the rest of the Bible.
  • Oh, brother. I guess Driscoll still has clout. How utterly unsurprising.
We must run with patience, or we shall never obtain. There may be many things we cannot understand, much that the flesh could perhaps wish otherwise, but let us endure unto the end, and all shall be made clear, and God’s arrangements shall be proved best. Think not to have your reward on earth, do not draw back because your good things are all yet to come. 
—J.C. Ryle

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