And I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.’ Acts 22:10
In our sufferings, we need to be more concerned about our duty than our deliverance. We should seriously consider what it is that God desires in our present dispensation. There is no condition or trial in the world but we have opportunity to exercise some special grace or duty. To desire deliverance alone is self-love and quite natural to man. In affliction man seeks to be delivered and released from his burden. Men make more haste to get their afflictions removed than to be sanctified in them. Men should sit down, consider their ways, and make new resolutions for better things. A man should think: ‘If God would just heal me of this sickness, or deliver me out of this distress, I would walk more closely with him, I would be more faithful in family duties, I would be more fruitful in my conversation, and I would do thus and thus.’ Just this, however, can be nothing more than a wile of a deceitful heart, or a temptation and snare of the devil to gain more time, as it were, from God; a mere diversion to turn aside the heart from the present duty which God expects. God intends good to the soul by the present chastisement, and he directs the soul to discern his aim: ‘I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more; teach me what I do not see; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more’ (Job 34:31-32). Let us search and try our ways. Let us consider that the present condition is best for us, and learn in whatever state we are, to be content (Phil. 4:11). Let us rejoice in tribulation (Rom. 5:3). Let us lift up Jesus Christ and make him glorious by our afflictions. Paul studied more how to adorn the cross than to avoid it. If he must suffer for Christ, O that Christ might not suffer by him! May Christ be exalted, and let us entrust our souls to a faithful Creator (1 Pet. 4:19).
The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is not meant to be an academic or highly technical series. There are many helpful exegetical commentaries written for that purpose. Rather, the aim is to provide lectio continua sermons which clearly and faithfully communicate the context, meaning, gravity and application of God’s inerrant Word. Each volume of expositions aspires to be redemptive-historical, covenantal, Reformed and confessional, trinitarian, person-and-work-of-Christ-centered, and teeming with practical application. Therefore, the series will be a profound blessing to every Christian believer who longs to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). – from the Series Introduction by Dr. Jon D. Payne
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