Sustention of God
John Wesley's father, Samuel, was a dedicated pastor, but there were those in his parish who did not like him. On February 9, 1709, a fire broke out in the rectory at Epworth, possibly set by one of the rector's enemies. Young John, not yet six years old, was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbors rescued the lad just seconds before the roof crashed in. One neighbor stood on the other's shoulders and pulled young John through the window.
Samuel Wesley said, "Come, neighbors, let us kneel down. Let us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children. Let the house go. I am rich enough." John Wesley often referred to himself as a "brand plucked out of the fire" (Zech 3:2; Amos 4:11). In later years he often noted February 9 in his journal and gave thanks to God for His mercy. Samuel Wesley labored for 40 years at Epworth and saw very little fruit; but consider what his family accomplished!
W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, Moody Press, 1984, p. 251.
The citizens of Feldkirch, Austria, didn't know what to do. Napoleon's massive army was preparing to attack. Soldiers had been spotted on the heights above the little town, which was situated on the Austrian border. A council of citizens was hastily summoned to decide whether they should try to defend themselves or display the white flag of surrender. It happened to be Easter Sunday, and the people had gathered in the local church.
The pastor rose and said, "Friends, we have been counting on our own strength, and apparently that has failed. As this is the day of our Lord's resurrection, let us just ring the bells, have our services as usual, and leave the matter in His hands. We know only our weakness, and not the power of God to defend us." The council accepted his plan and the church bells rang. The enemy, hearing the sudden peal, concluded that the Austrian army had arrived during the night to defend the town. Before the service ended, the enemy broke camp and left.
Missionary statesman Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God's faithfulness. In his journal he wrote:
Our heavenly Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning... He sustained 3 million Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. We do not expect He will send 3 million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all... Depend on it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.
Our Daily Bread, May 16, 1992.
HELP OF THE LORD.
If we can say “ The Lord is my Helper,” we can also declare, “ I will not fear” (Heb.13:6).
Ⅰ. In perplexity, He is our Help to direct, as He did Eliezer (Genesis 24:12,42).
Ⅱ. In poverty, He is our Help to provide, as He did Elijah (1. Kings 17:5,6).
Ⅲ. In sickness, He is our Help to strengthen, as He did Paul (11. Corinthians 12:9).
Ⅳ. In sickness. He is our Help to console, as He did the sisters of Bethany (John 11:25).
Ⅴ. In discouragement, He is our Help to stimulate, as He did Joshua (Joshua 1:6-9).
Ⅵ. In disappointment, He is our help to remind us that all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28).
Ⅶ. In difficulty, He is our Help to say to us, “ Fear not. I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10).
── F.E. Marsh《Five Hundred Bible Readings》