A Christian has troubles like other men: losses in Business, death in his family,sickness and so on. But he has another ground work for his peace- an assurance of the faithfulness and covenant fidelity of his God and Father. He believes that God is a faithful God- that whom he hath loveed will not cast away. All the dark providences to him are but blessings in disquise. When his cup is bitter, he believes it is mixed by love, and it must all end well, for God secures the ultimate result. Ther- fore, come foul, come fair, come all weathers, his soul shelters itself beneath the twin wings of the faithfulness and power of his covenent God. The sanctified spirit is so resigned to his Father’s will that he will not murmur. To him, as Madame Guyon was wont to say,-“It is equal whether love ordain his life or death, appoint him weal or woe.” He is content to take just what his Father sends him, knowing that his Father understands him better that he understands himself. He gives up the helm of his ship to the hand of a gracious God; and he himself, is enabled to fall asleep softly in the cabin; he believes that his Captain hath power over wind and waves; and when he sometimes feels his ship rocking in the storm, he cries with Herbert–
“Though winds and waves assault my keel,
He doth preserve it; he doth steer
Even when the bark seems most to reel.
Storms are the triumph of his art;
Sure he may hide his face, but not his heart.”
Above statement taken from Twelve Sermons on Peace by: C.H. Spurgeon
I find myself thinking about all that has happened since my husband and I decided that we were going to separate from the city (Egypt) and move to an biblical agrarian lifestyle. It has been a journey indeed. We as of yet have not made the final move but are very close.
When we first made a decision that we would be joining a christian community in Texas that lives a biblical agrarian way of life, many trials have come upon us. From my husband becoming very sick to him having a car accident. This has hindered us saving and has challenged us. We both know that it is Gods plan for us to move. We both trust that He will get us to Texas. And we both know it Will be in His timing. Each day we have to remind ourselves of this. Or finances keep vanishing each time something happens and only I can work. Yet we know that God is in control of all things. Money means nothing to Him. These trials are apart of life. At each event I think that my faith actually grows as I see the hand of God even in the storm. It is a time of teaching and trusting in Gods sovereignty. This does not mean that I don’t sometimes get overwhelmed, cause I do! It means that I can pick myself back up again knowing the promises of God and knowing His plan is perfect. Also knowing that we are called to come out of Egypt and separate from her. Praise God that He knows the beginning from the end and He has promised to complete the work He has started in me.