I came across this first quote just shortly before the eclipse. It was a good one to think about while I was watching the total eclipse.
It was now about midday, but darkness came over the whole countryside until three in the afternoon, for there was an eclipse of the sun. The veil in the Temple sanctuary was split in two. Then Jesus gave a great cry and said, “Father, I commend my spirit into your hands.” And with these words, he died. –Luke 3:44-46 (PHI)
This quote was very special to me when I sprained my wrist in the bike accident. I always knew God was taking care of me.
May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance. –2 Thessalonians 3:5 (MSG)
I have done my share of waiting and being patient in various situations throughout my life. I can tell you that good things are worth the wait.
Come and listen to the testimony of one who can speak from experience of the pure and blessed outcome of patient waiting upon God…The word patience is derived from the Latin word for suffering. It suggests the thought of being under the constraint of some power from which we would gladly be free. At first, we submit against our will. Experience teaches us that when it is vain to resist, patient endurance is our wisest course. In waiting on God, it is of infinite consequence that we do not submit only because we are compelled to but because we lovingly and joyfully consent to be in the hands of our blessed Father. Patience then becomes our highest blessedness and our highest grace. It honors God, and gives Him time to have His way with us. It is the highest expression of our faith in His goodness and faithfulness. It brings the soul perfect rest in the assurance that God is carrying on His work. It is the token of our full consent that God should deal with us in such a way and time as He thinks best. True patience is the losing of our self-will in His perfect will…O soul, do not be impatient, whether it is in the exercise of prayer and worship that you find it difficult to wait; in the delay of definite requests or in the fulfillment of your heart’s desire for the revelation of God Himself in a deeper spiritual life! –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 55-58
Here are more great quotes I’ve come across in recent months.
O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you. –Eugene H. Peterson
When the Ark of God was carried to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, three men were given the honor of directing the choir for the festivities: Asaph, who wrote many psalms; Heman, who wrote Psalm 88; and Ethan, who wrote today’s psalm [Psalm 89]. In Psalm 88 Heman holds a dour view of life–basically, “Life’s a mess and then you die…” But Psalm 89 starts by singing the mercies of God. We get three-quarters of the way through Ethan’s song before we realize anything’s wrong…”Oh, the kingdom of Israel is falling apart,” Ethan says, “but God is good. His unfailing love will last forever.” Ethan’s name means “steady, rock-solid,” and you can tell that his perspective keeps him steady through the storms of life. No matter what happens, he sees God’s great mercy, and he sings about it. You should also know that Ethan later changed his name to Jeduthun, meaning “the Lord is steady.” Because of the Lord’s steadiness, we can live with a solid confidence, whatever our circumstances might be. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/14
I love that! It isn’t enough to have a name that means you’re steady. We aren’t steady and calm, but God is! We can trust Him when everything else is falling apart.
Here are the final quotes this week. Aren’t they great?
God fills heaven and earth, just as the ocean fills a bucket that has been submerged a mile down. The bucket is full of the ocean, but the ocean surrounds the bucket in all directions. So when God says, “I fill heaven and earth,” He does, and heaven and earth is submerged in God as well. He further says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God. You see, God is not contained; God contains, and there is a difference. In Him, we live and move and have our being. We have this habit of trying to put God into our life. We have our own boundaries, and we think God should fit into them. That is contrary to the very nature of God. Nobody can control God; and therefore, God does not do the bidding of any person. God is busy performing His purpose and will. –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 207
Regarding Exodus 17:8-13:
Whenever Moses raised his staff, the Israelite army succeeded. Whenever he lowered it they started losing. Moses’ arms grew too tired to hold the staff, however, so Aaron and another man held his arms steady. In the original Hebrew, the word for “steady” in that story is the same word that appears in Psalm 89:8 as “faithfulness.” This word also appears as “faith” in Habakkuk 2:4, where the prophet denounces the proud people of his day: “They trust in themselves and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” This psalm recognizes that faithfulness is at the very core of God’s character. And it’s not just that he will try to do what he promises–he is mighty enough to do it. His arms are strong enough by themselves; the doesn’t need helpers to hold them up! The psalmist tosses around other characteristics of the Lord: righteousness and justice, unfailing love and truth. All of this combines to paint a portrait of a God you can count on–even when everything else in your life seems to be falling apart. As we steadily trust in God’s steadiness and faithfulness, we find life, even when the powers of death surround us. He holds us up in his mighty arms and he will not let us down. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/15
I have some more great quotes from my journal for you this week.
Pain, sorrow, and disappointment are transmutable; we may climb the rainbow through the rain. Our pilgrimage should be a continuous triumph in and over our circumstances. –W. Graham Scroggie
If God cares so much for sparrows, won’t he care for you, too? You are worth more to God than a whole flock of those birds. Jesus wasn’t saying that the sparrows would never fall, and he wasn’t saying that his followers would never suffer physical harm. But he was saying that God watches over us and cares for us. Sometimes God rescues his people from their predicaments, and sometimes he allows them to suffer and even die–but he never lets them out of his sight. They remain in his presence eternally. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/5
Blessed is any weight, however overwhelming, which God has been so good as to fasten with His own hand upon our shoulders. –F.W. Faber
When irritated by interruptions, remember you’re not in charge of your day. God is. –Charles R. Swindoll