Monthly Archives: August 2014

Helping God

Old Signpost, Helping God

I could never understand why God struck a man dead for trying to keep the sacred ark from falling off an ox cart (II Samuel 6: 1-7). In Streams in the Desert however, I found the following Old Signpost posted by A.B. Simpson.

A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands was laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent, to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it along the rough way; but they touched God’s work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless.

Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone.

If we wholly trust an interest to God, we must keep our hands off it; and He will guard it for us better than we can help Him. “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:7).

Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows as well as we; and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him so fully as to let Him work in His own way and time.

There is nothing so masterly as inactivity in some things, and there is nothing so hurtful as restless working, for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will.  A.B. Simpson (1843-1919)

It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life
into God’s hands and leave them there.

—Streams in the Desert, July 6
KJV Scripture changed to NIV.

Martha Hawn VanCise ©2014


A Thousand One …


“So he made a whip out of cords…”

A thousand one plait
A thousand two plait
A thousand three plait
A thousand four plait
A thousand five plait
A thousand six plait
A thousand seven plait
A thousand eight plait
A thousand nine plait
A thousand ten plait

“Get these out of here!
How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”

 Jesus cleansed the temple at the beginning of his ministry and near the end of his ministry. Both actions were deliberate actions. He took time to make a scourge during the first cleansing; the second time, Mark tells us that “Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.”

Mark’s narration continues with “The next day … Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.”  For Jesus, anger was not a sudden emotional release valve. His anger was a deliberate response to theft, injustice and desecration of the temple.

Christians sometimes justify angry tirades by saying, “Well, Jesus got angry.” Counselors of every faith and non-faith persuasion have told people, “Don’t hold it in. Let it out!”  In a world so full of anger and volatile reactions we would do well to consider the advice of past generations to, “Count to ten (slowly) before expressing anger.”

A gentle answer can turn away wrath (Proverbs 15:1)
…be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (James 1:19-20)

 Martha Hawn VanCise ©2014




Trust in God

Trust in You is paralyzing
I cannot worry
I cannot spend time imagining the outcome
I cannot act on my own understanding

Trust in You is demanding
I must rest
I must be quiet
I must wait

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (I Peter 5:7 NIV)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding
(Proverbs 3:5)

In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength
(Isaiah 30:15)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

 Martha Hawn VanCise©2014