From Where I Stand
Maynard H. Belt
MARBC State Representative
“Morrison of Wellington,” George H. Morrison (1866-1928), during his era was no doubt the most popular preacher in Scotland. A Presbyterian pastor, for twenty-six years he faithfully shepherded the flock at Wellington Church, Glasgow. Surrendered totally to ministry, he chose not to serve on committees, preferring rather to spend his time on what he considered were his greatest responsibilities to the church – mornings in study and afternoons in visiting his congregation, making an average of one thousand calls a year! Primarily an expository preacher, his Sunday evening sermons targeted the specific needs of his sheep and standing room only crowds gathered to hear him. Many of these sermons are in print and worthy of your reading. I like what Warren Wiersbe said of Morrison in his volume, “Living with the Giants,” a statement which pastors should take to heart: “Morrison's preaching strength lay in his knowledge of the Bible, his knowledge of his people and their needs, and his ability to put both together in an imaginative way that reached the heart.”
In Morrison's volume on “Highways of the Heart,” he has a message entitled, “The Separating Power of Things.” In this sermon he made a statement that grabbed my attention, “Life isn't a little bundle of big things, it's a big bundle of little things!” This thought immediately took me to Paul's words in Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Everyday we live with “things” invading our lives. By things present Paul meant the daily events and trials that often come our way. Some are good things and some are bad. In all of these things Paul was assured that nothing would be able to separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
In light of that “big bundle of little things” that invades our lives on a consistent basis, in scanning the Scriptures there are several texts that bring both joy and conviction to my soul – let me share a few with you for your meditation:
“Is anything to hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14
“I know that You can do everything….” Job 42:2
“You have made Him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under His feet.” Psalm 8:6
“There is no new thing under the sun.” Eccles. 1:9
“Thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matt. 16:23
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.” Luke 10:41
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” Rom. 8:28
Why not make a list of that “big bundle of little things” that might be bothering you today and place them in the spotlight of the above Scriptures. And while you are doing that, thank God that His love for you is greater than every one of those things!
Poverty, pain or imperfection will not separate us from God's love,
These things all work together to lead us to our home above.
God's love for us is eternal, no beginning and no end,
All made possible through Calvary, and Jesus Christ our Friend. -MHB