What short-sighted creatures we often are …

“What short-sighted creatures we often are! We think we see the end when we are only viewing the beginning. We get our telescope out sometimes to look to the future, and we breathe on the glass with the hot breath of our anxiety, and then we think we see clouds and darkness before us. If we are in trouble, we see
“Every day new straits attend,
And wonder where the scene will end.”
Nay; we conclude that it must end in our destruction. We imagine “God hath forgotten to be gracious.” We think “He hath in anger shut up the bowels of compassion.” Oh, this short-sightedness! When you and I ought to believe in God; when we ought to look at the heaven which awaiteth us, and the glory for which these light afflictions are preparing us; when we ought to be looking through the cloud to the eternal sun which never knows an eclipse; when we should be resting on the invisible arm of the immortal God, and triumphing in His love, we are mourning and distrusting. God forgive us for this, and enable us henceforth to look not ‘at’ our troubles, but ‘above’ them, even to Him who, with infinite wisdom and love, is guiding us, and has promised to bring us safely through.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon.

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All Christians are stewards of the Gospel …

“All Christians are stewards of the Gospel, commanded to share the message with all men. God will hold each Christian accountable for how he has handled the Gospel message.”
– from p.82 of book “If The Foundations Are Destroyed” by K. Alan Snyder.

Nahum 1:3-7

Nahum 1:3-7
“3) The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.
4) He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers: Bashan languishes, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languishes.
5) The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
6) Who can stand before His indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him.
7) The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him.”

Christians have largely shut …

“Christians have largely shut up their spirituality into a small corner of life—Sunday church or their Bible studies—instead of realizing the lordship of Christ is to permeate the whole spectrum of life. They have coasted along complacently, often serving up such dogmas as, “You can’t mix religion and politics”, or “You can’t legislate morality”, or “We just need to pray and witness to people”—when what they really meant was, “We just don’t want to be disturbed”. They were content in their ‘comfort zone.'”
– Francis Schaeffer

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19
“17) Although the fig tree will not blossom, neither will fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive will fail, and the fields will yield no meat; the flock will be cut off from the fold, and there will be no herd in the stalls:
18) Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19) The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk on my high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”

Whoever is truly humbled …

“Whoever is truly humbled — will not be easily angry, nor harsh or critical of others. He will be compassionate and tender to the infirmities of his fellow-sinners, knowing that if there is a difference — it is grace alone which has made it! He knows that he has the seeds of every evil in his own heart. And under all trials and afflictions — he will look to the hand of the Lord, and lay his mouth in the dust, acknowledging that he suffers much less than his iniquities have deserved.”
– John Newton