Michigan Department of Corrections 

Posted July 25th,2021


Hello all,

I daily read from wholesome Bible based Christian devotionals, many of them really satisfy questions about my daily faith walk... I hope you don't mind, once in a while, I'll share some that truly hit home for me. I don't ask that you agree with the posting, I just ask that you be open minded to how the Holy Spirit moves me. Thanks for reading.
Bob H.

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you strong, firm and steadfast.

You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: its colors are glorious , and its hues rare. It is beautiful, but alas, it passes away, and lo, it is no more. The fair colors give way to the fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of heaven. It is not established. How can't be? A glorious show made-up of transitory sunbeams and passing raindrops, how can it abide? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble the rainbow in its transitory beauty, but, on the contrary, must be strong, firm, steadfast. Seek, O believer that every good thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character not be a writing upon the sand, but an ascription upon the rock! May your faith be no `baseless fabric of a vision`, but may it be built of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so firm and strong, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of being `strong in the faith` is gained. The apostle's words point us to suffering as the means employed - `After you have suffered a little while`. It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. Those old knots on the root of the oak tree, and those strange twistings of the branches, all tell of the storms that have swept over it, and they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way. So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Therefore, don't shrink from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling eternal this benediction to you.

Charles Spurgeon / Mornings & Evenings.

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