John Gunn (from Spain) - The Lord's Work - Mexico - 2003

"So Strange it Seems and Wondrous," etc., and Matthew 21:42, "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes." All God does is wondrous and we still live in days of miracles. A miracle is a change, like in Genesis 1, in the creation, complete changes, darkness to light, and what was not useful, to usefulness. In John 2, we read of a miracle, water turned to wine, to something very special, to living a life that enjoys the very best. Those present saw the miracle but did not understand why. All this is so marvelous. There was order in the creation, no longer disorder. It is the power of God that does miracles. Job 6:6-7 tell of changes in food, by adding salt. "Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt or is there any taste in the white of an egg? The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat." What Job did not know, now was his life.


In Isaiah 11, everything was in peace, only possible through God working. There were changes of appetites, and the lion ate grass with the ox.

 

A lady in Chile, very Catholic, began to listen. Little by little, God working, she changed, seeing the fake and the true. God did the miracle of guiding her feet into the way of peace, into the path of life. It is what God has done. Abraham received faith, and said, "Here am I." Faith is not blind. It is the eye of the soul, and sees beyond all human reasoning. Abraham took the fire of love in his hands, and the knife of decision. The mount of sacrifice is "alone." No one can sacrifice for me, nor make the decision for me. Isaac was bound with cords, cords of obedience. Abraham saw the ram in the thicket and offered it on the altar. It died in Isaac's place. The Lord has done this. Sometimes we may think that what God asks is unreasonable, like "take my yoke upon you," instead of laying it down. Only in the yoke do we find true rest for our soul. This is not weakness, to be in the yoke. It is strength for a life of service. In humility there is strength. Christ humbled Himself. Naaman, in 2 Kings 5, almost lost his privilege to be saved, to be made clean because of pride. He had to humble himself to experience this miracle in his life. Meekness, faith, and love make possible the work of God in our lives. Faith gives strength. So does love.

 

Isaiah 41:17-20, "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it." A living testimony here on earth, a change wrought to honor God. There, now a cedar tree, good for wood that lasts. There was the myrtle, a tree that gives a pleasing fragrance, when made contrite, like the rose when it is crushed, sends forth a sweet savor. Our usefulness is a part of our testimony, a work of God.

 

John 11:1, the home of Martha and Mary, meant a lot to Jesus, dedicated lives, a dedicated home. The homes of the Israelites, in Egypt, were marked with the blood of the lamb. They ate the lamb, and feeding on the lamb will change us, and change our homes. John the Baptist was a burning and a shining light. He gave himself. A candle burns itself away to give light. It is necessary to die daily to manifest the Christ-life. All that John said of Jesus was true. 1 Corinthians 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." As true men, conquering the human, our "Yes," always "Yes," and our "No," always "No," and no compromising with the world, nor with the flesh. God wants to see this clearness in us, being pillars in the truth. Pillars make no noise. They keep their place. They are upright on the foundation, in line with the corner stone. It is necessary to submit to the hammer of God's Word, to keep in line.

 

Hebrews 11 is a picture of our need to lean on the staff of faith. Jacob used his staff to cross the Jordan, and continued to use it to the end. It costs us to have a good testimony. Ecclesiastes 10:1, be careful. "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour." Just a little folly can spoil it. We must forgive as God forgives, and keep a good relationship with our brother. What God's children are and do affects our Father in Heaven. May God continue to work wondrously in us.