The Lord is good!
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. (Ps145:17)
More and more I am learning to wait on the Lord. “Oh Lord God, you know.” He knows my comings and my goings, my thoughts and fears, my sin and the weakness of my flesh. He is faithful and by His word and His spirit He sustains me. In the middle of all that I face, He brings encouragement to me through Christ, through His word and also, many times, through His church… His saints (dead and living). I rejoice in His providence.
His recent provision to me (thanks A&L!) are these words below from John Owen and a few associated reflecting thoughts that are stirred up in my mind…
By God’s grace, we simply MUST pursue the Gospel… God is the Gospel, ‘the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God…’ ‘For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ (2 Cor 4:4,6)
‘But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:16-18)
“Some men speak much of the imitation of Christ and following His example; and it were well if we could see more of it really in effect. But no man shall ever become “like unto him” by bare imitation of His actions, without that view or intuition of His glory which alone is accompanied with a transforming power to change them into the same image.
The truth is, the best of us all are woefully defective in this duty, and many are discouraged from it because a pretense of it in some has degenerated into superstition; but we are loath at any time to engage in it seriously and come with an unwilling kind of willingness to exercise our minds in it.
Thoughts of this glory of Christ are too high for us, or too hard for us, such as we cannot long delight in; we turn away from them with a kind of weariness. Yet they are of the same nature in general with our beholding the glory of Christ in heaven, wherein there shall be no weariness, or satiety, unto eternity. Is not the cause of it that we are unspiritual or carnal, having our thoughts and affections accustomed to give entertainment to other things? For this is the principal cause of our unreadiness and incapacity to exercise our minds in and about the great mysteries of the gospel (I Cor. 3:1—3).
And it is so with us, moreover, because we do not stir up ourselves with watchfulness and diligence in continual actings of faith on this blessed object. This keeps many of us at so low an ebb as to the powers of a heavenly life and spiritual joys.
If we abounded in this duty, in this exercise of faith, our life in walking before God would be more sweet and pleasant to us, and our spiritual light and strength would have a daily increase; we should more represent the glory of Christ in our ways and walking than usually we do, and death itself would be most welcome to us.
The angels themselves desire to look into the things of the glory of Christ (I Peter 1:12). There is in them matter of inquiry and instruction for the most high and holy spirits in heaven. The manifold wisdom of God in them is made known to “principalities and powers in heavenly places by the church” (Eph. 3:10). And shall we neglect that which is the object of angelic diligence to inquire into, especially considering that we are more concerned in it than they?”
Has your veil been removed? Can you… do you… rejoice in the glory of Christ? What is it that you see when you consider.. the Cross?