How Not to Question in the Dark
June 15, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Spurgeon said, "Never question in the dark what God showed you in the light." I am so grateful to God for a good memory. I have good memories of places as well as happenings and events. However, nothing encourages me from memory more than people. Can you hear the often asked question, "Do you remember so-and-so?" Look at that face light up, and what a smile. I was reminded by a young pastor a couple of weeks ago of a friend who believed in me and helped me greatly in the days of beginning with my education. His name is Felton Baker and he is in his late 80's or early 90's. He gave me a generous gift to help me begin my life as a college student and preparation as a minister of the Lord Jesus.
I pray I never forget!
"Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land
By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion!'
How shall we sing the LORD's song
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill!
If I do not remember you,
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth --
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy."
I. THE OBJECT OF THE SERVANT'S HOPE. 49
Hope, like light, shines brightest in the darkness
The object of our Hope is based on the subject of God's
Word and that being the object of our faith, God's Son,
"Hope" has to do with the future; it looks forward to something. Hope allies itself with our emotions. But hope is only as good as the promise to which it is related.
It is often dashed because of the unreliable nature of the objects to which it looks.
The future is as bright as t ...
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