HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (I. Peter 5:10).
In taking Christ in any new relationship, we must first have sufficient intellectual light to satisfy our mind that we are entitled to stand in this relationship. The shadow of a question here will wreck our confidence. Then, having seen this, we must make the venture, the committal, the choice, and take the place just as definitely as the tree is planted in the soil, or the bride gives herself away at the marriage altar. It must be once for all, without reserve, without recall.
Then there is a season of establishing, settling and testing, during which we must stay put until the new relationship gets so fixed as to become a permanent habit. It is just the same as when the surgeon sets the broken arm. He puts it in splints to keep it from vibration. So God has the spiritual splints that He wants to put upon His children and keep them quiet and unmoved until they pass the first stage of faith.
It is not always easy to work for us, “but the God of all grace who hath called you unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus after you have suffered awhile, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
And I say to my brethren that in these trying times when the pleasures of this world are forever surrounding us we are to be mindful and watchful terms, ever lifting your eyes unto the hills from whence comes your strength. God is about to do a marvellous thing among us and we must be stablished, strengthen and settled only in Him for this work to be accomplished. Though He slays me yet will I trust Him for He is more than able to do whatever we may ask or say?
As we continue to celebrate this month I pray that we will have our minds set on things above and not on the earth. To God we give all praise and thanks. Glory to His NAme.