“Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and satisfied with life” – Gen. 25:8 (NASB)
When Abraham died at the ripe old age of 175, he was satisfied with life. No doubt this was due to his relationship with God. Are you satisfied with your life?
“My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.”
— Edward Mote (1834)
Mote worked most of his life as a cabinet-maker in London. He was in his 50’s when he was called to pastor Rehoboth Baptist Church. He pastored there for 26 years.
The congregation liked Mote so much that they offered him the church building as a gift. Mote replied, “I do not want the chapel, I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that.“
Mote went home to the Lord in 1874 and is buried in the church yard at Rehoboth Church.
“Many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” – John 2:23-25
Jesus did not put up with halfhearted faith.
He deserves better.
“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” – Jesus (Mark 4:26-27)
There’s evangelism for you; scatter seed (preach the Word) and then go to sleep. God gives the seed life, not the sower.
“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” – God (Exd. 16:4)
A valuable lesson for every believer to learn.
“Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” – The angels (Gen. 19:17)
Don’t linger on the border of sin. Escape for you life into the loving arms of Jesus.
“I will say to God my Rock, ‘Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?’
As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” – Psa. 42:9-10
No matter your circumstances or taunts from your enemies, God is your Rock.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?” – Psa. 42:1-2
The longing of every believer.
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Cor. 5:17
“Every soul saved by Christ is a jewel of priceless worth! It is taken out of the mire of sin and ignorance–and fixed in the Redeemer’s crown, to shine brightly there for evermore!” – George Everard (1828-1901)