Vanity will prove vexation!

Kaiser Wilhelm the second’s valet, recalling his’ master said this. “It is not enough to say my master was vain and wanted to be the center of attention.If he was at a christening, he wanted to be the baby. If he was at a wedding ,he wanted to be the bride. If he was at a funeral , he wanted to be the corpse”.

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

I do not think Christians or anyone else should set him up as a role model in this trait.

Psalm 91″ God our Refuge”

To many the picture of God as a refuge is a precious one. Indeed this is the picture seen everywhere in Psalms and many other scriptures.Here we have the believer pictured as a helpless fowl surrounded by snares and pestilences running to the mother hen for safety. We have a warrior in battle with arrows thrusting towards him. Also a time of plague when people drop like flies all around us.

While the metaphors are mixed ,the truth taught is plain

 

This is a corollary or immediate deduction from our abiding in God’s presence.

God’s faithfulness is a shield that we can hide behind when faced with peril.We are under constant threat if not always attacked. It is here faith in God is displayed and tested. Here the  faithfulness of God is promised and testified to by countless believers.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.Psalm91:9-10

Also

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm46:1-3

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Peter and John

The friendship between these two disciple is an intriguing sidelight from the Gospels and Acts. That Peter was the older of the two  is inferred by many, (we of course know that Peter was a married man”.) John’s arriving first at the tomb was probably because of his’ youth. Yet these two men were often in each other’s company as recorded in scripture.

Peter we know was headstrong. strong willed and passionate. he was capable of great feeling and probably temper.

John we know was capable of strong feelings, being one half of the “Sons of thunder”. Peter was paternal about John as shown by his’ asking Jesus about John’s future prospects.

They both loved Christ devotedly yet it was John who stayed nearest Jesus at the end. Upon Peter’s restoration they are again seen together at the temple and trial before the Jewish leaders.

There is much we cannot know. What draws people into close friendships is unpredictable and the reasons myriad.

How much John and Peter were alike in  is not clear,that they were  complimentary to each other is. John may have helped rub some of the rough edges off Peter. Peter’s rock like nature ( most of the time anyway), may have given John reassurance and security. We cannot be sure.

That Christianity throws many different sorts of people together is obvious. Some draw closer to some and not others. Yet the fundamental unity of believers is not to be doubted.

That God can make use of our similarities as well as our differences is something to rejoice in and cherish.

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If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.

Prophets are very disturbing to smug church members who like to sit half-asleep in church on Sunday morning while the minister drones platitudes that offend nobody. Vance Havner

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Constructive and helpful Comments would be appreciated

 

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Vanity will prove vexation!

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