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Answers to Life's Questions



Finding answers to life's struggles and heartaches using God's Word and solid Christian principles. For 2006, postings are mostly from radio Bible teacher Woodrow Kroll (see http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Devotions.html) There are mostly memo



Published: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 01:49:37 +0200

 



My Shepherd and the King of glory

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 01:49:37 +0200

by F.B. Meyer Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life - Psalm 23:6 We are well escorted, with a Shepherd in front and these twin angels behind! Some one called them watch-dogs; but I prefer to think of them as angels. Do you not see the special beauty of these fair, strong angel-forms following?. We make such mistakes, give unnecessary pain, leave work ill-done and half-done, often succeed rather in raising dust than cleaning the rooms which we would fain sweep! It is good to think that two such angels follow close upon our track as we go through life, putting kind constructions on our actions, disentangling knots, making good deficiencies, and preventing the consequences of ill-advised and inconsiderate action pursuing us to the bitter end. There are mothers who are always tidying up after their children. The little ones have had a rare time, which have left confusion and disorder; but the mother comes, mending the broken toys, stitching the rent...



Our needs, His provision

Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:54:45 +0100

by F.B. Meyer For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness - Psalm 21:3 God is always beforehand with us. The word "prevent" is not as familiar to our modern English as it was when the Bible was translated. Then it meant "that which comes or goes before." And the idea is that God goes before us, preparing our way, and laying up supplies of grace to anticipate our need. This is the meaning of the prayer: "Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings." Go into the chamber where the mother is preparing for the advent of a little babe. You have no difficulty in telling what the wants of the child will be by all the articles which her tender forethought is providing; and when presently the little one opens its eyes in this strange, new world, it finds that it has been prevented with the blessings of goodness. For ages prior to the appearance of man on the earth, the great heart of God was exercised in preparing for him. To please his ear,...



Gentleness, cleansing, God's strength

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 17:12:43 +0100

by F.B. Meyer ...thy gentleness hath made me great. - Psalm 18:35 The Nasmyth hammer which can pulverise blocks of tough metal, will break the shell of a nut without hurting the kernel. In this it resembles this Psalm, in the earlier part of which there is one of the grandest descriptions that words can give of God's mighty interposition on behalf of his threatened child. But here we are told that it is the Divine gentleness which has made him great. It is as though God's power were exerted against our foes, whilst our education is undertaken by his love. Review your life. See the perils from which you have been rescued; the process of your education; the slow degrees by which you have climbed to any eminence of Christian character; the method by which you have attained the power of influencing others: is it not all attributable to the gentleness of the Good Shepherd? Not by sudden cataclysms and catastrophes; not by the earthquake, the fire, or the hurricane; not even...



Abiding with Him

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:12:58 +0100

by F.B. Meyer LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? - Psalm 15:1 This holy soul was not content to stand in the outer court without the sacred tent; he coveted to enter where the High Priest entered, and to live there. It was impossible then; the way into the Holiest was not made manifest. No ordinary worshipper might pass the Veil, and the high priest who passed it once a year remained but a few moments. How marvellously different our experience may be! We have boldness to enter into the holy place, and remain there, by the blood of Jesus; and, by the enablings of his Priesthood, we may spend our entire lives under the consciousness of the presence and favour of God. It is much like the servants of Solomon, to stand before our King, and to hear Him speaking, bidding us either to perform his errands, or fold the wings of activity in wrapt communion. This is not your experience? Then look carefully through the conditions which this Psalm...



Sing to the Lord & look up

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:21:22 +0100

by F.B. Meyer I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. - Psalm 13:6 Here is the man who had sorrow in his heart all the day breaking into song! We do not find that his troubles were any less. The enemy was still exalted over him, and boasted of having prevailed; it seemed indeed as though he must soon sleep the sleep of death. But he never let go his trust. Whatever were his outward discomforts and trials, he clung to his God and waited patiently for: Him; with the result that out of his stormy griefs he built a Bethel; and in the midst of his anguish broke out into song. When we are sitting under the shadow of severe trial, God can wrap us about with the garment of praise, and fill our mouths with singing. Although the fig-tree does not blossom, and there is no fruit in the vines, yet the soul may rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of salvation. You cannot starve a man who is feeding on God's promises; and you cannot make that man or woman...



Trials and God's Word

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 02:41:02 +0100

by F.B. Meyer The LORD trieth the righteous - Psalm 11:5 Do not be surprised if you are passing through trials. The righteous Lord is exercising you towards righteousness, that your face may ever behold his in unswerving communion. As the trainer of a young athlete will place him, now in one position, and again in another, to call certain muscles into play, to strengthen them by use, and to make the whole organization supple and subservient to the impulses of the soul, so God tries us - to call into operation, and test by use, each faculty of our being. "Trials make the promise sweet, Trials give new life to prayer; Trials bring us to his feet, Lay us low, and keep us there." There is a great difference between the temptings of Satan and the tryings of the Lord. The former are intended to make us fall; the great adversary takes pleasure in showing how weak and sinful we are, and in casting us down to destruction. The latter, that we may be led out towards...



Trust in and stay close to Him

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 01:41:36 +0100

by F.B. Meyer Thou madest him to have dominion - Psalm 8:6 Yes, broken, beaten, fallen, O child of man, thou wast made to have dominion. Not only over cattle, birds, and fish, but over thine own wonderful nature. Within thee there is a realm as full of multitudinous life as Paradise was when God brought the animals to Adam that he might name them; and over all this thou wast meant to rule. Yea, thou wert made to have dominion also over the wicked spirits that are thy sworn foes. A royal, regnant, victorious life was that which thy Creator inbreathed. There is no reason, on God's side, or in thy original constitution, why thou shouldst not exercise thy dominion. Remember, thou wast made to have dominion. We see not yet all things put under us. There is open revolt and anarchy within. The will resembles the ancient kings whose sway was limited by proud and strong barons. The animal creation largely defies us, and is in this the symbol of our loss of authority everywhere. But...



How long ? God's vindication

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 01:54:26 +0100

by F.B. Meyer ...but thou, O LORD, how long? - Psalm 6:3 You have been long in coming, love says. So miserly are we of the minutes, so leaden-paced is the beat of the pendulum, when our heart stands on the tip-toe of expectation. Moments lengthen to hours when we suffer and await deliverance, just as hours contract to moments when the heart is young and gay. How long, Lord, ere the trial cease? - When we are entering into the furnace, we like to make bargains with God that it shall not last beyond a certain hour; but He never tells us, lest patience might miss her perfect work. He says simply, It is enough to suffer one moment at a time. How long, Lord, ere deliverance arrive? - Long ago we sent for reinforcements; and since then the battle has been waxing more fierce. We have looked eagerly to the horizon to see the relieving column, clear-cut on the sky line; but in vain. We think we can hold out no more. We have strained at the oar to the last degree of strength, and if...



The Lord sets apart the godly

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 13:19:15 +0100

by F.B. Meyer  Know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for Himself. - Psalm 4:3 The Lord sets apart for his own enjoyment. - " A garden enclosed is my sister." Out of the wild prairie Christ encloses favoured bits of land, that they may become fair gardens in which to walk. God must have spirits with which He can commune; and therefore He shuts selected ones away in sick chambers, in loneliness, and in prisons, that there may be nothing to divert them from the holy intercourse with Himself which is his refreshment and delight. The Lord sets apart for fellowship in intercessory prayer. - He leads three of the apostles into the shadows of Gethsemane, that they may add their intercessions with his. In each church there is a favoured band to whom He tells his secret anxiety for other souls, and whom He leads out in prayer on the behalf of them and of the world. The .Lord sets apart for service. - Those that separate themselves from evil become vessels unto...



God around us, above us, within us

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 21:56:00 +0100

by F.B. Meyer    This day have I begotten thee. - Psalm 2:7 The Holy Ghost tells us that this was addressed by the Father to the Son in his Resurrection (see Act 13:33). It was from the grave that our Lord stepped up to his mediatorial throne, whence all the hatred of his foes has had no power to dislodge Him, and never shall have. Death is a birth into the true life. Jesus was the Firstborn from the dead; we too are to be born out of the darkness of the grave into the Life Immortal. "There is a beyond, and he who has once caught a glimpse of it is like a man who has gazed at the sun. Wherever he looks, he sees everywhere the image of the sun. Speak to him of finite things, and he will tell you that the finite is impossible and meaningless without the infinite. Speak to him of death, and he will call it birth; speak to him of time, and he will call it the mere shadow of eternity." But is it not wonderful that He has begotten us also unto a living hope...



His leaf shall not wither (Psalm 1)

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 19:14:00 +0100

by F B Meyer … his leaf also shall not wither; - Psalm 1:3 "If a man abide not in Me," said our Lord, "he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered." The same thought is here. Thrust down your rootlets to the oozy river bed, and there is no doubt about your continuing earnest, patient, God-filled. The sun of temptation may strike you with sword-like beams, but you will have a source of supply which they cannot exhaust. The secret of an unwithering beauty is in the Word of God, delighted in and meditated upon day and night. And what is the Word of God, but the life of God. translated into human speech? Wean yourself from all beside, and learn to feed on God. Withdraw your rootlets from men and things, and let them travel to the river of God, which is full of water. Close other doors, and open those that. lead out on to the terrace, whence you may behold the far-spread landscape of what He is, and says, and is willing to be to us all. Note that word...



Enough ?

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 04:23:14 +0100

My brethren, the reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them - that is not the reason - but the reason is, because they are not things proportionable to that immortal soul of yours that is capable of God Himself. --Jeremiah Burroughs Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately upon them. - John Flavel How shall I depend on Him for raising my body from the dust; and saving my soul at last; if I distrust Him for a crust of bread, towards my preservation. --Joseph Hall As God did not at first choose you because you were high, so He will not forsake you because you are low. --John Flavel whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes...



Almighty friend !

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:13:46 +0100

Our Almighty Friend! (Mary Winslow, "Words of Loving Counsel and Sympathy") " Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need ." Hebrews 4:16 The Lord knows what we require every step we take through this poor, trying, wilderness world--and stands ready to supply our needs, small and great. He is concerned in all that concerns us. Let it be our daily habit to cast our care upon Him--who cares for us. We must be growing in a better acquaintance with our own souls--as poor and needy; and with Christ--who is all and everything to us. For in Him all fullness dwells--and that fullness is for us! He is our rich storehouse. We need only to go and tell Him--and His heart is open to us in a moment. Let us live upon Him--and go to Him constantly! He is our Almighty Friend! Could we look into His heart, and see how precious we were to Him, and how truly He is...



More of Christ !

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:51:53 +0100

More of Christ! More of Christ! by James Smith, 1860 What is it my soul, which causes this uneasiness, this dissatisfaction, this deep inward yearning after something which you have not, or do not at present enjoy? I am not at rest. I am not rejoicing in God. I am not singing from the heights of Zion. Yet, I have no slavish fears, I have no gloomy doubts of my saving interest in Christ, I have no actual dread of death or the judgment. But I feel a desire to climb higher , to know more, and to enjoy the power of religion within — as I have not of late. It seems to me that all my needs lead me to Christ, and all my desires go out toward Christ. I want — well, what do I want? I want to feel more of my NEED of Christ. I have imagined at times, that I could not have a deeper sense of my need of Christ, and of all that Christ is, and has — than I have already experienced. But I am...



Run to your father

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 05:50:00 +0100

Run to your Father ! (James Smith, "Precious Things from the Everlasting Hills" 1853) " This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven " Matthew 6:9 " How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are !" 1 John 3:1 Beloved, we have a heavenly Father. He has adopted us into His family. He not only wears a father's name--but he has a father's heart. He loves every believer with a father's love. He watches over each of His children with a father's care. Yes, we have a Father--and He is always near us. His heart is ever disposed to do us good. He will not withdraw His eye from us! He bids us . . .   to cast every care upon Him,   to expect every blessing from Him, and   to carry everything that troubles us, to Him. Does providence frown on us, perplex, and trouble us? Let us not fret, complain, or...



Believer's confession

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 04:27:07 +0200

The believer's eternal confession ! (John MacDuff, "The Night Watches") " By the Grace of God--I am what I am !" 1 Corinthians 15:10 This is the believer's eternal confession! Grace found him a rebel against God--it leaves him a son of God! Grace found him wandering at the gates of Hell--it leaves him at the gates of Heaven! Grace devised the scheme of Redemption. Justice never would; Reason never could. And it is Grace which carries out that scheme. No sinner would ever have sought God--but "by grace." The thickets of Eden would have proved Adam's grave--had not grace called him out! Saul would have lived and died the haughty self-righteous persecutor--had not grace laid him low! The thief on the cross would have continued breathing out his blasphemies--had not grace arrested his tongue and tuned it for glory! "Out of the knottiest timber," says Rutherford, "God can make vessels of...



God takes away...for our blessing

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 15:00:51 +0200

God takes away the creature ! (Thomas Brooks, "A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day") Diogenes noted the folly of the men of his time--that they undervalued the best things--but overvalued the worst things. Ah, that this were not the sin and shame of professors in these days! God sometimes strips His people of their nearest and dearest earthly mercies--that they may the more prize, and the better taste--of spiritual and heavenly mercies! God takes away uncertain riches--that His people may the more prize certain riches! God takes away natural strength--that His people may the more prize spiritual strength! God takes away the creature--that His people may more prize their Savior. Spiritual and heavenly things can alone satisfy the soul. The language of a godly man is this, "Ah, Lord! the good earthly things which I have from You, though they may refresh me--yet they cannot satisfy me without Yourself!"...



All Sufficient Grace

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:26:29 +0200

ALL-SUFFICIENT GRACE (John MacDuff, "The Faithful Promiser") " God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things--may abound to every good work ." 2 Corinthians 9:8 All-sufficiency in all things! Believer! Surely you are "thoroughly equipped for every good work!" Grace is no scanty thing, doled out in pittances! It is a glorious treasury, which the key of prayer can always unlock--but can never empty! It is a fountain--full, flowing, ever flowing, over flowing! Mark these three ALL'S in this precious promise. It is a three-fold link in a golden chain, let down from the throne of grace, by the God of grace. "All grace!" "all-sufficiency!" in "all things!" and these to "abound." Oh! precious thought! My need cannot impoverish that inexhaustible treasury of grace! Myriads are hourly hanging on it, drawing from it--and yet...



God is our Treasure

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:40:37 +0200

The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Having the Source of all things, he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever. -- A.W. Tozer



Unsearchable Riches

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 02:28:00 +0200

The unsearchable riches of Christ! ( Thomas Brooks ) There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . .   the greatest good,   the choicest good,   the chief good,   the most suitable good,   the most necessary good   a pure good,   a real good,   a total good,   an eternal good,   a soul-satisfying good! Sinners, are you poor ? Christ has gold to enrich you. Are you naked ? Christ has royal robes, and white clothing to clothe you. Are you blind ? Christ has eye-salve to enlighten you. Are you hungry ? Christ will be manna to feed you. Are you thirsty ? He will be a well of living water to refresh you. Are you wounded ? He has a balm under his wings to heal you. Are you sick ? He is a physician to cure you. Are you prisoners ? He has laid down a ransom for you. " The...