Saturday, April 01, 2017

Maurice: God's will in our times

Saturday, April 1, 2017
    Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872
    Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
    —Hebrews 10:32-35 (NIV)
    God has brought us into this time; He, and not ourselves or some dark demon. If we are not fit to cope with that which He has prepared for us, we should have been utterly unfit for any condition that we imagine for ourselves. In this time we are to live and wrestle, and in no other. Let us, humbly, tremblingly, manfully look at it, and we shall not wish that the sun could go back its ten degrees, or that we could go back with it. If easy times are departed, it is that the difficult times may make us more in earnest; that they may teach us not to depend upon ourselves. If easy belief is impossible, it is that we may learn what belief is, and in whom it is to be placed.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), The Prayer-Book and the Lord’s Prayer, London: Macmillan, 1880, p. 374 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 10:32-33; Ps. 9:10; 2 Cor. 4:6; Phil. 3:8-10; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 3:6,14; 4:14; 1 Pet. 4:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes, that I may see Your hand in all my circumstances.
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