"Indeed, blessed is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not reject the chastening of the Almighty.
For He wounds, but He binds up;
He strikes, but His hands heal.”
Today I cried so much. I just broke down at the fact that the Lord has been so merciful to me by placing me in the church. I was a little drowned by nostalgic ponderings and anxiety that my companion was leaving the country soon, but when I told the Lord this, He smiled at me and told me that I had nothing to worry about, because I have the saints with me. Really, I praise the Lord for the church life. Though outward situations might seem terrible and chaotic, the Lord still grants me His abundant grace. This grace is the Lord Himself made available for us to enjoy. Sometimes when I see my loved ones losing the enjoyment of the Lord and strugling in worldly cares, I get so stumbled. So stumbled. Because of what I had gone through before, I just hope and wish that they would be able to see that all those worldly pursuits are not worth the loss of their enjoyment of Christ. But when I pray to the Lord for these ones, He gives me a peace within to trust in His timing. He is the almighty One after all. He knows what He is doing in carrying out His will. Just as how He had recovered me from my dormant and deadened condition, He will recover them. He will gain them eventually. He is the Alpha and the Omega! He is the Potter whose hand upon the vessel will not leave His shaping work undone. I strongly believe this, and this keeps me grounded, everyday.
- 155 The Greek word refers to luminaries that reflect the light of the sun. As such luminaries, the believers shine in the world. They do not possess any light in themselves but have a heavenly ability to reflect the light of Christ. Christ is the sun, with the church as the moon and the believers as the planets to reflect Him by holding forth the word of life (v. 16).