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January 19, 2023

Praising Our Father in the Midst of Difficulties (2)

Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. (26) Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight.

[Part 2 of 3] Our Lord extolled God here in verse 25. Here is the greatest comfort: "Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight." Since it was well-pleasing in the Father's sight, what more need be said? For the Lord Jesus, it was well-pleasing in the Father's sight for John to doubt Him. It was well-pleasing in the Father's sight for others to criticize Him as a gluttonous man and a drunkard. It was also well-pleasing in the Father's sight for the men of Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin to reject Him. He was satisfied with whatever was well-pleasing in the Father's sight. Therefore, He could say, "I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth." Many times, we cannot say, "Father." It seems as if we no longer believe that our God is our Father. Yet our Lord could say, "Father." He still felt that the Father was very near to Him. We often cannot say, "Lord of heaven and of earth." It seems as if we no longer believe that there is a Lord in heaven and on earth. Yet our Lord was satisfied with whatever was well-pleasing in the Father's sight. Therefore, He could say, "Father, Lord of heaven and of earth." He saw that everything was according to the Father's good pleasure. Therefore, He could say, "Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight." Brothers and sisters, can you say, "Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight"? Are you sorrowful, sad, and heartbroken just because you are misunderstood and facing difficulties? Can you utter a word of thanksgiving as a result of satisfaction in God's good pleasure? Can you say to God, "Yes, Father, for thus it has been well-pleasing in Your sight"? Brothers and sisters, can you say this? (Continued tomorrow)

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp.203-204. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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