Thursday, January 10, 2013
Left In Crete
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
Should we despair in the will of God? Not for any presumable reason. That which falls short of faith is sin, and such an action brings slander against the very nature of Christ. What was Crete? To the natural eye it should be thought of as an insufferable place. Yet to the spiritual eye it was glorious; a divine quarter set forth in radiance by the splendor of Heaven itself. The eye of carnality sees only a lowly island off of Greece, separated from the importance of society. The eye of spirituality sees hope, need, and contentment. Such a clear contrast of two viewpoints is laid before us with glowing difference. One sees the uneducated, while the other sees a blank slate to carve the Gospel. Note this thought today Christian friend, "For this cause left I thee in Crete...". What then was the cause? None other than Crete longed for that which Titus had. Within the very soul of this young preacher lay all the imparted gifts of God that were needed to set in order the things that were lacking. Though a region ravaged by sin, and with the reputation to support it, God had sent forth a deliverer in Christ, and a messenger in Titus. Let us see our Crete now. Though filled with difficulty, if God brought us to it, He will bring us through it. What glory divine that God's will is a place of resplendence and satisfaction. Therefore choose satisfaction, and choose to rejoice. His will is always good, and His purpose always needful.