Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dibelius: God, our guide and companion

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
    Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
    When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
    —Acts 14:21-22 (ESV)
    People who think that, if God rules the world, He should lead His church from success to success have not understood the secret of Calvary yet. God does not lead His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But He leads! And amidst the hardship, He is nearer to them than ever before.
    ... Otto Dibelius (1880-1967), from a sermon (see the book)
    See also Acts 14:21-22; Matt. 16:24; Luke 24:26; John 12:25-26; 16:33; Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 1:8-9; 3:12-13; 1 Pet. 4:12-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You go before me into every trial.
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