George Walker - Workers Meeting - October 25, 1937

One letter that helped me lately, it was in reading the last chapter of the First Epistle of Peter - a verse very familiar there, this thought impressed on my mind, 7th verse, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”  In the Revised Version, “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, for He careth for you.”  Notice the little letter ‘c’ before the word casting - look up that word casting.  I put the references down in the order that appealed to me.  These verses about cover everything that we most worry about and the foolishness of worrying about them, - 1 Peter 5-7, Matthew 6:25, Luke 12:11, Psalm 37:5, Psalm 55:22, Philippians 4:6, and Hebrews 13:5.  Look up those in Luke and Matthew - these verses show that the disciples didn’t need to worry about their clothes or food, etc., not much need to talk about that.  Plenty people who ask you, Where will you get your clothes from, your food, etc., - those verses in the Gospels spoken by Jesus Himself - we don’t need to have cause to worry a single bit about the needs of our body.  The Lord has provided that those who go forth in His Name needn’t give a bit of worry to that.  We who are older in the Way can encourage you younger ones that we don’t have to worry about our clothes, about our food, our temporal needs, all that I need for my body as long as I am in this world, God will provide.

 

The 37th Psalm, Verse 5, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”  In the Revised Version, “Roll your way unto the Lord.” Two thoughts in that - all of us look into the future, what steps will I take, etc., where will I go today, where will I go for an opening, etc.  Nice thought that I can roll the whole future unto the Lord.  Next week - I can roll that unto the Lord, where I’ll go, etc.  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” We can leave the future with the Lord - the hours, the days, the weeks, the years.  Doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t make plans, but they would be of that sort that if the Lord shuts the door so that we couldn’t carry them out, that we would be satisfied.  “He shall bring it to pass” - another thought some things I have tried hard to see come to pass, but seems I can’t bring it about - then I just get to the end of myself and just leave it over to the Lord and see if He can’t bring it to pass.

 

Then the next reference, Psalm 55 - one of the darkest Psalms, written by David at nearly the very darkest time in his life, when Absalom rose up against him. “For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: but it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.  We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.”  I believe he referred to Ahithophel.  Is there anything harder than to realize I have been betrayed by the one I trusted most.  David put his confidence in God, that He would defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.  There is a great thing that ought to be for all of us, that when you are terribly disappointed, etc. you could roll that upon the Lord, “cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”  When you and I might suffer, worries, disappointments, etc., in those who we had sought most to help, ones we loved most, roll it on the Lord.  We can be sure to get disappointments and we must protect ourselves against that.  You will see that David felt there was something going wrong even before Absalom rose up, but then he wasn’t crushed.  Now I think we might connect that up with what we were speaking about Paul when he was in the prison about those that were adding affliction to his bonds, but he said I can rejoice, I can bear that.  We might wonder who that might be that would be preaching strife - we can see that there rose up a kind of a party of Jewish people that had professed, but didn’t see that the Lord was doing away with the old Jewish way.  The Lord made it clear to Paul that it wasn’t necessary to conform to the old Jewish law.  That was an awful shock to these Jews.  They were anxious to get proselytes, went among the Gentiles making them.  Then, although James and Peter didn’t understand at first, they were willing to hear Paul.  Paul said of these Jews that they were the enemies of the cross of Christ.  They would be preaching Christ alright, but would be mixing in the Jewish way too.   

 

Paul said to the Galatians that they were just trying to take away the reproach and offence of the cross.  Suppose Paul had weakened then and given in, been untrue then? But God had made it clear to Paul.  I suppose saints have said to you, "I wouldn’t mind the persecution that comes from the outside, but oh!, when it comes from the inside, I can’t stand that at all."  Who caused the most suffering in both the Old and New Testament, wasn’t it those on the inside?  Wasn’t it one on the inside that caused Jesus to suffer most - Judas?  Our old human nature would make us a Judas.  Paul was very practical - told them that of your own selves, some will just rise up and let their old human nature control them, and lead disciples after them.  We ought to be glad we are counted worthy to suffer a little of it, knowing that God will work it out for his own purpose. 

 

The last one I thought about was this one we read first in Peter. Do you suppose that it is going too far to say this care is the care for God’s people?  He had been speaking here about or to the elders.  The care you have for God’s people - casting all that upon Him because he careth for you.  It would be a sad thing if any of our workers wouldn’t have a burden on their hearts for others - the care of God’s people.  Every true servant of God ought to bear a part of it - burden on your heart.  It would be an awful thing if we wouldn’t be caring for the souls of God’s people, of each other, of older saints, younger saints.  A person could let it be such a great care or burden trying to carry it themselves instead of casting it upon the Lord.  I thought about this rolling - impressed me that this was like a burden that was tied on you, tied with knots, but a pleasant experience - when anything is burdening you down a great deal, and even though it does take a great deal to get there  with the Lord, and you could have a little rest - I have left everything with the Lord, just taking it bit by bit, as He guides.  I remember the first year we were out, near Nicol’s home, 60 or 70 professed, but they terribly disappointed us, only one left.  For a year or more after that mission, what a terrible burden that was on our shoulders, etc.  So we could roll the burden -  when you are greatly disappointed  in someone who has professed through you - just roll all that on the Lord.

 

We have been mentioning in worker’s meetings four different things that have meant much to us.  Whether old or young in the way, if we would observe them, it would help us a great deal:

 

1.  Watch our relationship with the Lord - keep right with the Lord.  This means I will be one with Him, I have no plans outside of Him, no plans or ambitions for my own life outside of the Lord.  I believe it was what Jesus meant when He said “Abide in Me.”  Study the life of Jesus with this one thought in mind - the relationship Jesus maintained with the Father.  Jesus away consulting the Father, before He chose the twelve, etc.  When everything was going against Him, He was away with the Father there.  Keeping right with the Lord suggests to me that I will only be thinking of His glory.  Wouldn’t think of converts as my converts, etc.  Not my converts, not my friends, not my work, but it is the Lord, the Lord’s converts, the Lord’s work, etc.  This will give us wonderful strength - that I went out to preach, not to please any man or woman, but I went out to please the Lord, to be a worker with the Lord because I believe He called me out.  We sing, "Not unto men I labour, my service is unto thee."  You see when you do it unto the Lord it means you are not leaning on others. The thought came to me, if I don’t keep right with the Lord, nothing my best friends could do for me would be of any value to me.  I want nothing from anybody, from any man, that God doesn’t move them to give.  I have got to keep right with the Lord.

 

2.  Be sure you keep right with your companion.  We don’t say this is just as easy a thing as keeping right with the Lord, but it will be easier if you keep right with the Lord.  Begin the year saying, I am going to purpose to keep right with my companion this year, not provoke my companion, etc.  If we can’t love the companion we are living with, how could we profess to love the sinner?  Make up your mind I will be to them what I ought to be.  The two old horses, turned loose, eating grass, so close together, etc.  Great thing to be like that.  Some saints have told about an awful pull between those two workers, saw it at the table, etc.  Asked where is your companion today?  One going away ten minutes before the other, don’t walk together, don’t come in together, etc.  Suppose you do get a companion that isn’t all he ought to be, might not even be saved, but couldn’t you keep right with him for that time, for a year?  Married together for a year.  Could there be any excuse for not keeping right with our companion?  The first concern - I am not responsible for my companion, because he is younger than me - if I see him not getting victory in prayer, I am going to pray for him, etc.  Then keep right with all the workers in that field.  Co-operate when you are meeting at Special Meetings, at Conventions, with the one who is responsible for making plans in your field.  Many things you and I might see that should be dealt with, but then we might go about it in a way that would do more harm than good - better to talk it over with the one who is responsible in that field, etc.

 

Another difficulty has risen up - we see the possibility of troubles springing up amongst us and unnecessary suffering caused by a difference between young workers and older workers.  Possibility of older workers being somewhat to blame, possible for younger ones being to blame.  Sometimes when we get old, we get cranky.  Sometimes it’s our nerves that make us like that.  Possible for an older worker forgetting what they were like when they were young workers.  I made up my mind I would take all slurs, etc., from the younger ones.  One old saint said to me this year - Oh! You don’t know how it cuts deep when you get slurs from the younger ones growing up.  I realize now as well as the older ones that we weren’t all we could have been to our natural parents, etc.  I just remind myself how many in the human family do it, and the older ones have to take it.  Why shouldn’t I take this in the spiritual family? Even John and Paul and others weren’t highly respected by others.  Diotrephes shut the door on him.  But now to the younger ones - it is an awful bad thing for a young person to be despising others who have gone on years, etc.  One sister cried all night over what a young brother worker had said to her in the presence of saints.  Her sister told her, what would you be crying about what he says for?  Nevertheless, it didn’t save her the suffering.  In new countries like America - the country for youth, sometimes that bad point goes with it - youth despises age.  Look at the Bible, characters like Ruth, Esther, Timothy, - evidence they had great respect for those older.  You are hurting yourselves terribly, friends, if you don’t remember that I ought to have respect for those that have spent years in His service.  Couldn’t say it was real Christ like if younger ones don’t have a true respect and appreciation of those who have borne the heat and burden of the day. 

 

Another thing - even when you see older ones fail, drop out of it - not a good thing to talk about them, etc.  Remind yourself - I haven’t come to the place where they failed at yet, I don’t know what temptations come at that time, etc.   Look at that verse in Peter, “Likewise, ye younger I have been told lately about younger workers getting together and talking about all the failures and weaknesses of older ones - that wouldn’t help yourselves any, feeding upon their mistakes, etc.  You have heard about that curse God put on Ham - if I take pleasure in looking on the failures of others and getting others to look at it, I will get the curse of Ham.  Young workers should appreciate what older ones have put into it.  Have a willingness to be guided by them.  Don’t talk to saints or other workers about your companions.  Much harm has been done by workers talking to saints about their companions

 

3.  Keep right with the saints - especially in the part where you are laboring.  A lot in saints that might encourage you to get wrong toward them, make you feel hard toward them, have no sympathy or compassion.  Possible to be expecting too much of the saints.  Expect them to go to too many meetings.  Like to have them come to too many gospel meetings, - expect them to drive 20, 30, or 40 miles every night, not the best thing, possibly they wouldn’t have time to pray, etc., even though their presence in the meetings would be helpful.  Then in another state some who couldn’t afford to buy the gas, and yet the workers got angry at them for not coming to the gospel meetings.

 

4.  Keep right toward the sinners.  Not so easy, either.  Sometimes you feel how much  you need to cry in your heart toward God to help you to have compassion for the sinners even like Jesus when they were going to crucify Him. 

 

(Question asked about eating together after union meetings and visiting together) Better to go home after the fellowship meeting and meditate on what was heard.  Danger of too much sociability.  Good thing if you could encourage people to go home and spend the Sunday.  Quite a discussing about spending the Sunday.  Some say that Sunday means nothing, that every day is the same.  We don’t believe that Sunday is that the Sabbath, but we surely do believe that if you spent that day profitable, it will help you to spend the other six profitably, it will help you to spend the other six days right.   Rest for the body and using that day for spiritual things.  Have respect for the Sunday, keep it as free as possible, do as little of this world’s work as we possibly can.  Don’t do business if possible - not even legal.  Use the day for spiritual things - writing letters, quietness - would be a great thing to teach God’s people that. . .