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Look up together

He may not have been the most photogenic (or portrait-genic) personality, but Samuel Rutherford spoke deeply to people’s souls in his day about the power of God’s love and the power of His mighty hand guiding and directing all we do.  He speaks as deeply to our souls as well today.  gl095_sm

The quote below is long, but worth the read:

How hard it is to be patient if we allow our thoughts to become stuck down among the confused rolling and wheels of second causes. By this I mean all the times we say, “If only I hadn’t been in the wrong place.  If only I had done it differently.  If only this hadn’t happened to me.”  I mean the subtle temptation to link together earthly causes and effects.  I need to fight against the temptation to accept the confused, grinding, second wheel of this logic.  The answer to this is “Look up.”  Look to the master-motion and the first wheel.  It is a petty view of our Father’s love, goodness, and wisdom that demands or expects an answer according to our desires apart from his wisdom.  We see hardly one inch of the narrow land of time. To our God eternity lies open as a meadow. It must seem strange to the heavenly people, who have reached the beautiful End, that we should ever question what Love allows to be, or that we even call prayer unanswered when it is not what we expect.”

When our hearts are tempted to focus on the here and now, on what we think we see and control in our lives and ministries; when we are tempted to consider all the “would have, could have and should have options” as if we could really make ministry work on our own, it’s time to look up.   It’s time to look up together and remember the true ‘first cause’ of all things, particularly of all things related to our ministries.

We often cite the verse, but may our hearts truly cry out that ‘without Him, we can do nothing’.

Let’s look up together:


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