Saturday, March 8, 2008

He heeded his own exhortation

"Perhaps cancer or some other debilitating disease has invaded your body, and you suspect that you do not have a very long time to live. 'What a waste,' you are saying. 'Why can't I be strong and healthy and live a long, long life?' I do not know the answer to that. What God does with us in detail is not revealed in Scripture. It is one of the secret things that belong to God only. But that does not mean the painful path he calls you to walk has no purpose. It is how you conduct yourself in such 'wasting times' that is the stuff of victory.

Set an example for us by lifting your eyes from what is material and tangible and passing away, and point us to him who is invisible and who does everything well. Show us how light and momentary these earthly troubles are. We need to know that. Show us how they are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."

James Montgomery Boice, Romans, III:1447.

Thank you for showing us, Dr. Boice.