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Continual conflict – 3 February 2019

I’m continuing again this year to follow Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s reading plan through the Bible accompanied by Don Carson’s helpful comments on particular passages.  Current readings include going through the book of Esther and I hope it will be helpful to summarise some of Carson’s observations on chapter 7.  He writes that, at that stage, how easy everything seems from our vantage point as the evil Haman is hanged.  However:

  • in most of our conflicts we do not know the outcome as we enter the fray.  God alone knows what will happen and, whilst we must always remain confident in His ultimate victory, we should continue “our own passionate involvement, intercession and insertion into the affairs that touch God’s covenant people”; and
  • this victory in Esther 7 doesn’t mean that all the problems of the Jews are over.  “Sometimes we enjoy decisive moments, but even these usually turn out to be mere steps in a much more complicated endeavour.”

As Carson reminds us “Satan takes no vacations … [so] without being contentious, prepare for conflict; without being combative, equip yourself for the “good fight” (2 Timothy 4v7).  It will last at least as long as you live.”

A particular area of continual conflict affecting several within our fellowship is ongoing discouragement and disappointment, especially relating to health issues.  In the light of the above, don’t give up the fight, dear friend!  And let us always seek to talk to ourselves in the terms of the Psalmist in Psalms 42v5,11 and 43v5:

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.”

Peace and Grace