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Sunday, February 8, 2015

From Mom’s Collection – God’s Plan for Your Life

 

In going through old papers and mementoes from our family’s past, I have run across some things that my mom saved over the years.  Some of them are little gems that I’d like to pass on to others.  Lord willing, I’ll be sharing some of them from time to time on the blog and/or web page.

This first selection comes from part of a page she cut from an unknown Christian publication that is dated August 30, 1964.  This poem and devotional thought were placed together on the page by the publisher, and I don’t think it was by accident.

God’s Key

Is there some problem in your life to solve,
Some passage seeming full of mystery?
God knows, who brings the hidden thing to light.
He keeps the key.

Is there some door closed by the Father’s hand
Which widely opened you had hoped to see?
Trust God and wait—for when He shuts the door
He keeps the key.

Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet,
Or answered not as you had thought ‘twould be?
God will make clear His purpose by-and-by.
He keeps the key.

Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest,
To know of every door He keeps the key.
That He at last when just He sees ‘tis best
Will give it thee.

[Author unknown.]

(Key photo from Wikimedia Commons, source unknown.)
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Contentment

Proverbs 19:3  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

1 Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.

When a Christian manifests a restless, dissatisfied spirit, it is because he does not realize the manifold opportunities which God has set before him.  The apostle says, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content…” [Philipians 4:11] and he states as the mind of the Spirit, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.” [1 Corinthians 7:20]  What peace of mind this truth would foster if we gave it full place in our thoughts; and what joy and courage would be ours if we always realized the blessed fact that “his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…” [2 Peter 1:3].

A. S. Loizeaux
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2 comments:

  1. Such an important truth -- one we would all do well to remember often. I'm glad you shared it. Contentment is so important for true joy and peace.

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    1. Yes. It is so important! :-) Thanks for commenting, Clara.

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