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"PROVOKED" By Franklin Trainer.


Summer in the SON

August 19

"There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand."   Proverbs 19:21

"... just what would we have either the time, or desire, to devise in Heaven?"

The Bible tells of many things we know of in this life which will expire when eternity dawns, and time is no more.  Sorrow, tears, pain, suffering, sickness, death, and sin of every sort will be forever gone.  Though not mentioned explicitly, I am certain that dreams and devices will likewise pass off the scene, as the scenery reverts from the Fall of man, to a Summer of splendor in HIS SON beyond all comprehension.  Besides, just what would we have either the time, or desire, to devise in Heaven?  Is not the root in which devices find their dreams always in some area of unfulfillment, or dissatisfaction?  "... be content with such things as ye have: for HE hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."  If honest, a right relationship with CHRIST is the most consummate thing known to us; but let our affections sink, and the fodder for this lack of fulfillment abounds.  Only when we obey the command to set our "affections on things above", do we hearken unto the steadfast "counsel of the LORD".  If any of our aspirations are ever to be realized, they must have their basis in the Word of GOD, and their fulfillment in the GOD of HIS Word.

"The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: HE maketh the devices of the people of none effect."  Remember, man came together as one at Babel, but left there in a thousand different directions.  "HE disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise."  All the devices which you discover in your heart must be prayerfully strained through the screen of Scripture.  That which is retained is the gold of HIS promise; that which runs through, the silt of silly dreams; the things nightmares, and day-mares are made of.  Let the latter go, for it flows to the 'Dead Sea' of all of man's futile devices apart from GOD.  "Lo, this only have I found, that GOD hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions."  Give no ear to the imagination of that which you know GOD will never bring to pass; it is a device of wasted time, a watch reading right but twice a day!  Seek instead the sure "counsel of the LORD, that shall stand" ... the test of time and eternity.

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."

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