Quotes to Ponder
Discontent with Our Father
Discontentment, Impatience and Pride enjoy walking with me, tearing down, wearing thin and puffing up. They are usually blurred together and disguised as "Doing What's Best". That is until the Lord clears my sight and shines a bright light on them. Ouch! "But Lord, I just thought I was doing what was best!" In the chapter titled, "Maybe This Year...?", Elisabeth Elliot writes in her book, Keep a Quiet Heart,
The cause of our discontent: We simply do not believe God. The wilderness experience leads to the Promised Land. It is the path God chose for us. His Word is established forever, and He tells us in a thousand ways that His will is our peace, His choices for us will lead to fulfillment and joy, the way of transgressors is hard. Do we suppose that we could find a better way than His?
... Instead of seeing His everlasting love, tenderly bending down to our humanness, longing over each one of us with a father's speechless longing; we sometimes think of Him as indifferent, inaccessible, or just plain unfair.
The worst pains we experience are not those of the suffering itself but of our stubborn resistance to it, our resolute insistence on our independence.
... Here is the opportunity offered. Be patient. Wait on the Lord for whatever He appoints, wait quietly, wait trustingly. He holds every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year in His hands. Thank Him in advance for what the future holds, for He is already there.
After spending a day recognizing the fathers in my life, I want to spend today recognizing the Father Who eternally provides, forgives, blesses, and loves me!! I want to walk with Him and I know He wants me to walk with Him "for evermore"!
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey; A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass. - Deut 8:7-9
The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. - Psa 16:5
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. - Psa 16:11
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Keep a Quiet Heart
by Elisabeth Elliot
Once again, Mrs. Elliot writes with wisdom and experience, convicting and teaching at the same time. She is not out to make you "feel good" about yourself, but, instead, she urges you to grow, to mature, in your walk with the Lord. I recommend using this wonderful book as a daily devotional. - Kathy Ridpath
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."