Getting a Grip on Circumstances
Dr Lloyd Jones says, "I wonder if I can best put this by telling you how an old preacher, famous in the last century, once put it when preaching on this very text. Those old preachers used sometimes to preach in a very dramatic way. They would have a kind of dialogue with the apostle in the pulpit. So this old preacher began to preach on this text in this way: 'I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.'
'Wait a minute, Paul; what did I hear you say?' 'I can do all things.' 'Paul, surely that is boasting, surely you are just claiming that you are a superman?' 'No, I can do all things.
"Well, the old preacher kept up the dialogue. He questioned Paul and quoted every statement made by Paul in which he says that he is the least of all saints, etc. 'You are generally so humble, Paul, but now you say, "I can do all things ," haven't you started boasting?' And then at last Paul says: 'I can do all things through Christ.'
'Oh, I am sorry,' said the old preacher, 'I beg your pardon, Paul. I didn't realize there were two of you.' Now I think that puts it perfectly. I can do all things through Christ.' 'There are two of you.' Not I only, not Christ only, but Christ and I, two of us." (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, op cit, p.224).
During World War II, a missionary whose ship had been torpedoed was picked up by a German ship. He was put into the hold. When asked how he got through the night, he replied, "I began communing with the Lord. He reminded me of His word in the 121st Psalm: `My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold he ... shall neither slumber nor sleep' (vv. 2-4).... So I said, `Lord, there isn't really any use for both of us to stay awake tonight. If you are going to keep watch, I'll thank Thee for some sleep!'"
The Lord is at hand. No matter what happens in your l ...
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