Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 20, 2019

“Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; … “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?”

Today’s devotion comes from John 9:1-12.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”  Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents;  but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day;  night is coming when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”  When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent).  So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.”  John 9:1-7.

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In John chapter 9, we see two works of God displayed in the blind man.  In today’s Scripture, we see the work of God displayed in healing the blind man by giving him sight.  Later in the chapter, we will see the work of God displayed in causing the man to believe in Jesus.  See John 9:35-39.

No one likes to go through troubles.  But, today’s Scripture presents hope that when we experience troubles, it may be so that “the works of God might be displayed” in us.

I am reluctant to give personal examples, but I will give one even though my trouble is nothing compared to the severity of blindness.  I believe my trouble provides a more common example of the many minor troubles that we suffer, and yet we still experience God’s fatherly care, often through Scripture and devotions that encourage us and build our faith.  Yesterday, around 1:00 a.m., I badly stubbed my foot when I spun around the corner to come out of the bathroom.  It hurt so bad that I thought I may have broken a bone or at least sprained my foot or cut it.  Why?  What good could come from it?!   

But, later that very same day, along with other family members, I received the following Spurgeon devotion from one of my sons.

Care of Our Feet 

He will keep the feet of his saints. (1 Samuel 2:9) 

The way is slippery and our feet are feeble, but the Lord will keep our feet. If we give ourselves up by obedient faith to be His holy ones, He will Himself be our guardian. Not only will He charge His angels to keep us, but He Himself will preserve our goings.
He will keep our feet from falling so that we do not defile our garments, wound our souls, and cause the enemy to blaspheme.
He will keep our feet from wandering so that we do not go into paths of error, or ways of folly, or courses of the world’s custom.
He will keep our feet from swelling through weariness, or blistering because of the roughness and length of the way.
He will keep our feet from wounding: our shoes shall be iron and brass so that even though we tread on the edge of the sword, or on deadly serpents, we shall not bleed or be poisoned.
He will also pluck our feet out of the net. We shall not be entangled by the deceit of our malicious and crafty foes.
With such a promise as this, let us run without weariness and walk without fear. He who keeps our feet will do it effectually.

Then, later that day, I received the following comment to this Spurgeon from another son:  “More important then the Lord keep in us from physical pain is him keeping our feet on the right path. He does not just elect us for salvation, and then lets us go on our own way, no,  he make sure we stay on the right path and sanctifies us.”

And then when we review the context of the Spurgeon quote of Scripture, namely the verse and first few verses of the chapter, we discover with delight the following Scriptures.

“He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.”  1 Samuel 2:9.

“Then Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the LORD;
My horn is exalted in the LORD,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 “There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
3 “Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.”  1 Samuel 2:1-3.

Other doctrine displays the the works of man.

“Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”  John 6:28.

But, Reformed Doctrine displays the works of God.    

“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  John 6:29.

Reformed Doctrine displays the works of God from beginning to end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

“3 And they *sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the nations!
4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy;
For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU,
FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.”  Revelation 15:3-4.


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