GOD, PROVISIONS OF
Pyramid Of Provisions
gazed in wonder on the pyramids in Egypt. Some have admired displays of
gymnastic pyramids. Here are samples of Scripture Pyramids that the
believer can contemplate with wonder and admiration:
weight of glory
and eternal weight of glory
More exceeding and eternal weight of glory
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
All that we ask
Above all that we ask or think
Abundantly above all that we ask or think
Exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think
Able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we
ask or think.
Native Chief Gives “Fine Mat”!
Dr. D. I.
Vanderpool, general superintendent of the Nazarene Church, was in Samoa
on a mission for his denomination when he was made the recipient of what
is known as a “Fine mat” and was told that it would get him anything
he needed in that land.
native chief and a grandson of the Samoan ruler who years ago turned
over the land of Samoa to the United States, made the presentation.
“This will get you anything you need here in our country,” Manuma, a
retired Navy officer, said. “If you had a house and it was mortgaged
for a thousand dollars, this mat would be accepted as a release from the
debt. If you were in jail, it would set you free. If you were sentenced
to die, this mat, which is 174 years old and is a companion to the one
on which Princess Elizabeth stood when she visited us and spoke to our
people, would set you free from the death sentence. It will meet any
need you might have in this land.”
What We Have In Christ
A love that can never be fathomed;
A life that can never die;
A righteousness that can never be tarnished;
A peace that can never be understood;
A rest that can never be disturbed;
A joy that can never be diminished;
A hope that can never be disappointed;
A glory that can never be clouded;
A light that can never be darkened;
A happiness that can never be interrupted;
A strength that can never be enfeebled;
A purity that can never be defiled;
A beauty that can never be marred;
A wisdom that can never be baffled;
Resources that can never be exhausted.
“According To” Not “Out To”
Paul puts it: “According to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).
Thank God, He did not say “out of His riches,” which would be like a
millionaire giving $1.00 in the offering plate, as it would be “out
of” his riches. “According to” means “in proportion to”—and
God’s proportionate provisions come without measure.
supposed to avoid superlatives. The textbooks tell us that authors who
use extreme adjectives like “fabulous,” “magnificent,” and
“splendid” are usually overstating the case. These graphic
superlatives are to be reserved only for occasions that actually merit
their use, and then they are to appear very seldom.
But when the
writers of the Bible spoke of the blessings of God upon His children,
they used the strongest of terms. So marvelous are the riches of Christ
enjoyed by His own that the Holy Spirit, the author of God’s Word,
used the most extravagant language to describe them. Here are a few
—God’s pardon is “abundant”
—His love “passeth knowledge”
—His gift of salvation is “unspeakable”
—II Corinthians 9:15
—His life is “more abundant”
to the discouraged Corinthians, said that through God we are “enriched
in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth through us
thanksgiving to God” (II Corinthians 9:11).
had more of the riches of this world?
the superlatives of God!
—David C. Egne
providence, God knows how much joy and sorrow, how much pleasure and
pain, how much prosperity and poverty is proper for His child.
He knows the
correct balance of sunshine and storm, the precise mixture of darkness
and light it takes to perfect a son.
The Matterhorn Fly
Up on the
lofty snow-clad mountains of the Matterhorn, we were awed by the
wondrous works of God in the superb scenery, when a friend took out a
pocket microscope, caught a tiny fly, and placed it under the glass. He
then reminded us that the legs of the housefly in England were naked,
whereas this little fly’s were thickly covered with hair.
The same God
who made those lofty mountains, remembered to make the tiniest of His
—Adapted from Newberry
Not Too Big For God To Give
Caesar Augustus had bestowed a princely gift upon one whom he wished
especially to honor, the recipient was so overcome with the gift’s
magnitude that he exclaimed, “This is too great a gift for me to
is not too great a gift for me to give,” Caesar replied, pleased with
his own bounty.
The Exceeding Riches
invasion of Scotland after a long siege of one of the castles, the
invaders, thinking their foes must be near the point of starvation, sent
a message demanding surrender. In reply, a great string of fresh fish
was hung over the wall. A subterranean passage to the sea enabled them
to obtain a boundless supply. So are “the exceeding riches of His
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7)
—Wilbur E. Nelson
More Than Conquerors
Nelson reported to the British admiralty his great victory over the
French fleet in the Battle of the Nile, he said that “victory” was
not a large enough word to describe what had taken place.
spoke of the victory which through Jesus Christ he had won over all the
ills and adversaries and temptations and woes of life, that greatest of
all words, “conqueror,” was not sufficient to describe it; and
therefore he said “more than conquerors, through him that loved us.”
—C. E. Macartney
Enjoying Margin Of Power
The first time
we crossed the Rockies by automobile it was in a 1916-model car. The
steep grade called for all that the old motor could offer. The water in
the radiator boiled and several times we were stuck. Only by repeated
efforts did we reach the top. There was no margin of power. We did not
enjoy the mountain scenery under those circumstances.
time we crossed the same mountains we had a 1922-model car. In
comparison with the first experience, we did well. By employing all
available power, we kept going, but the strain under which the climb was
made took away much of the pleasure of the trip.
a third trip carried us over the same Rockies in a new car. That was
different. The motor took the mountain climbs easily. We could stop by
the roadside and enjoy the scenery. It required less time to travel the
same distance and with that margin of power we enjoyed our travels. “I
am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly” (John 10:10).
—Ezra G. Roth
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