Friday, July 31, 2009
Dear Little Book
For almost 25 years now my wife and I have been turning to the daily selection from "Daily Light on the Daily Path" compiled by the Bagster publishing family of England. It is one of the earliest known topical scripture helps, over 175 years old and translated into numerous languages the world over. The book was compiled as a collaborative effort by family members bringing to the table their research, reflection and revelation on numerous pivotal Bible topics. Discussed, sorted and revised with love.
It is astounding how often the daily portion for either morning or evening will address some very pertinent topic or challenge being faced by the reader. It provides another illustration of how the Word of God "lives" for your need.
Consider for example yesterday's posting on this blog entitled "Peculiar Person" and note how appropriate and timely today's Daily Light appears to this writer. (I had not read it when I made the entry.)
July 31 morning
Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and a commander to the people. - It became him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering. - We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God. - We do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.)
The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
II TIM. 2:3. Isa. 55:4. Heb. 2:10. Acts 14:22. Eph. 6:12,13. II Cor. 10:3,4. I Pet. 5:10.
What a good word is said here by Peter in the last selection - "make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you".
There is the suggestion here of progressive perfection, as in the case of, say, the apple - the perfect leaf, the perfect blossom, the perfect ripe fruit (crisp and tart for the lunch box), the perfect over-ripe fruit (sweet and rich for the baked pie). All in God's ordered purpose through grace. (the "peculiar" blessing of the redeemed)
Note: Daily Light on the Daily Path is one of our Helpful Links.