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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|FEBRUARY 7, 2016
|FEBRUARY 14, 2016
|FEBRUARY 21, 2016
|FEBRUARY 28, 2016
|MARCH 6, 2016
“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they
may speak thy word.” (Acts 4:29)
When the early Christians were undergoing persecution, they did not wait for their circumstances to
change. Instead they glorified God in the circumstances.
Too often we fail to follow their example. We postpone action until conditions are more favorable. We
see roadblocks as hindrances rather than as stepping-stones. We excuse our copping-out on the
ground that our circumstances are not ideal.
The student remains uninvolved in Christian service until he graduates. Then he is preoccupied with
romance and marriage. After that the pressures of employment and family life keep him from throwing
himself into the work. He decides to wait for retirement; then he will be free to give the rest of his life
to the Lord. By the time he retires his energy and vision are gone and he succumbs to a life of leisure.
Or it may be that we find ourselves having to work with people who rub us the wrong way. Perhaps
these people have positions of leadership in the local church. Though they are faithful and
hardworking, we find them objectionable. So what do we do? We sulk on the sidelines, waiting for a
few first-class funerals. But it doesn’t work. People like that always have surprising longevity. Waiting
for funerals is unproductive.
Joseph didn’t wait to get out of prison to make his life count; he had a ministry for God in prison.
Daniel became a power for God during the Babylonian captivity. If he had waited till the exile was over
it would have been too late. It was during Paul’s imprisonment that he wrote Ephesians, Philippians,
Colossians and Philemon. He didn’t wait for his circumstances to improve.
The simple fact is that circumstances are never ideal in this life. And for the Christian, there is no
promise that they are going to improve. So in service, as in salvation, now is the accepted time.
Luther said, “He who desires to wait until the occasion seems completely favorable for his work will
never find it.” And Solomon warned that “he who watches the wind will not sow, and he who looks at
the clouds will not reap” (Eccl. 11:4 NASB).
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1927-2007
BUD MORRIS will be our speaker on Sunday,
February 14, 2016 at our 11 a.m. Family Bible Hour
service. Bud served as a medical missionary in
Zambia, Africa, along with his wife Shirley. They
have eight children, six of them adults and five
grandchildren. Bud serves as an elder at Grace
Bible Chapel and is one of the teachers at our adult
Sunday School Class. He retired from medical
practice and is now visiting and preaching in
various cities across the Midwest. He also has an
interesting & helpful web site... POETRY SITE