A Mysterious Influence
2 Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
About 150 years ago Spurgeon called the influence of Jesus as a mysterious influence. What a beautiful description of the work of God. There are myriads of things Jesus does that are mysterious. How does He lead believers together to love one another, to teach and bless one another? How does He lead one whose heart He is opening to a believer who wants to share the gospel with him? How can His word give us faith? How can He give people joy they never had before, in the midst of the difficulties of life? How can He cause us to love people that we used to hate? How does He guide us safely through the mine-field of this life? How can He separate us from our sin as far as the east is from the west? How can He change our hearts, our thoughts, our words and our deeds? How will we be able to meet Him in the clouds? How can we be with Him forever? How can we look into our past and know it was God working there? How can He use us to accomplish His will?
Matthew 13:10: And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
1 Corinthians 4:1: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1 Corinthians 13:2: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
How can the love of God give us value and substance that we did not have without it?
This devotional was written by Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Luke 5:4b: . . . Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.