OCTOBER 16

 

He maketh the storm a calm—Psa. 107: 29.

 

We of today represent the Lord's cause in the midst of the raging elements of human passions, oppositions, etc., and our hearts would be at times dismayed except as faith is able to see the Lord with us in the ship, and able to grasp the thought of His mighty power in His own time and way to speak peace to the world. … It must not surprise us, however, if a dark hour is before us, if the time shall come when the stormy winds will be so fierce that many will cry out in fear and trembling. Let us learn well the precious experiences of the present time, so that then our faith shall not fail us, so that in the darkest hour we shall be able to sing and to rejoice in Him who loved us and bought us with his own precious blood, and to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb.

 

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There have been many figurative storms in human experience. Among these are the experience of the race with evil, and the sufferings of the Ancient and Youthful Worthies, Israel, the Little Flock and the Great Company. After all these the Lord has made or will make a calm. The storm of this text applies particularly to the unparalleled sufferings of the Time of Trouble. The ships of human organizations will be completely wrecked in this storm; and many of the sailors, officers and passengers will sink beneath the waves of anarchy. Later all will rejoice in the calm after the storm in the Millennial haven.

 

Parallel passages: Lev. 26: 6; 1Kings 19: 11, 12; Job 5: 19; Psa. 34: 13; 107: 21-28; Dan. 12: 1, 2; Hos. 2: 18; Nah. 1: 12; Zeph. 3: 8, 9; Luke 2: 14; Isa. 26: 3; John 14: 27; 16: 33; 1Cor. 10: 13; Heb. 12: 11; 1Pet. 5: 10.

 

Questions: How did God give me peace? What did I do therein? What resulted therefrom?

 

AFTERWARD

 

GOD'S ways are equal: storm or calm,

Seasons of peril and of rest,

The hurtling dart, the healing balm,

Are all apportioned as is best.

In judgments oft misunderstood,

In ways mysterious and obscure,

He brings from evil lasting good,

And makes the final gladness sure.

 While Justice takes its course with strength,

Love bids our faith and hope increase:

He'll give the chastened world at length

His afterward of peace.

 

When the dread forces of the gale

His sterner purposes perform,

And human skill can naught avail,

Against the fury of the storm,

Let loving hearts trust in Him still,

Through all the dark and devious way;

For who would thwart His blessed will,

Which leads through night to joyous day?

Be still beneath His tender care;

For He will make the tempest cease,

And bring from out the anguish here

An afterward of peace.

 

Look up, O Earth; no storm can last

Beyond the limits God hath set;

When its appointed work is past,

In joy thou shalt thy grief forget.

Where sorrow's plowshare hath swept through,

Thy fairest flowers of life shall spring,

For God shall grant thee life anew,

And all thy wastes shall laugh and sing.

Hope thou in Him; His plan for thee

Shall end in triumph and release;

Fear not, for thou shalt surely see

His afterward of peace.

 

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