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Afar Off?

"Why standest thou afar off O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?" This is a description of a certain class of people. Many people have gone through these times. Perhaps, they haven't given their problems this kind of definition, as the Psalmist; nevertheless, it is in God's program to teach the life of faith. The Psalmist follows this verse with a description of another class of people. Those in this class have seared their consciences and now walk independently of God's love and power. They sin all they want. They persecute the poor, boast of their heart's desires, bless the covetous, and adopt a philosophy that there is no God. It appears that the Psalmist, after becoming bold in his prayer and saying, "break thou the arm of the wicked," receives a spiritual truth about himself. He realizes that he was not humble. He realizes that the Lord is King forever and the heathen are perished out of the land. He knows now that the Lord has heard the desire of the humble.

What a message! God hears the humble. It is no wonder we are to be absolutely oriented to the Word of God. Every other form of evaluation is deceptive and self-confining. It is so vital for every believer to know humility. Some people put their business above and beyond their service to God. We should even as businessmen humble ourselves in the sight of God. A true servant is humble before people, and God takes care of His servants.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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