Proverbs & Short Articles
God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
There is nothing in the old nature that can move in faith towards God, and until God works, that is the only nature we have.
Many of us have the faith to ask God for money but lack the faith to give it away.
Only he that has learned God in the school of obscurity is likely to shine in the blaze of publicity.
Today we have a tragic convergence of an indifferent world and a lukewarm church.
All that matters in the final reckoning is not what we think we have done for Christ, but what was actually in accordance with His will.
How we react to death shows what life we are living.
In the kingdom, the Gentile is subservient to the Jew, while in the mystery they are equal. Thus you never get the mystery preached while the kingdom is still being offered to the Jew.
Nothing is harder for man to do than to wait on God. The restlessness and activity of the flesh will not brook delay but counts time spent in waiting and watching as so much time lost. How much better to be a patient learner, and wait “to see what he will say unto me” (Hab. 2: 1)!
The superficial reader delights in so–called ‘proof texts’ because they help systematize Scripture according to his own pre–conceptions. The more reflective student values supposed ‘difficult texts’ because he knows that they are a sure help in developing a more refined and nuanced doctrinal position.
An argument is not necessarily won by the production of a ‘proof text’ (or even several). Indeed, a failure to understand this is probably why so many theological debates fail to reach a harmonious conclusion—each side can cite Scriptures that are seemingly favourable to its position, and will not allow other Scriptures to undermine that favoured position. Both camps thereby remain entrenched where they are. The proof text is exalted and the difficult text degraded. In saying this, I am not trying to reduce the importance of individual texts (provided they are read in context), or implying that individual texts cannot be conclusive in an argument. What I am saying is that individual texts are evidence in building a case, and, where there are other relevant texts, then all must be considered and presented together. If there is resistance to engaging with all that the Bible has to say on a subject, then we may be sure that the original proposition is either wrong or in need of some adjustment. As the Lord Jesus Himself said “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10: 35)—meaning, that we have to engage with all texts, ‘difficult’ or otherwise. Those who ignore or evade awkward passages are, sadly, more interested in maintaining their own ‘interpretation’ than listening to the divine Author Himself.