Dear Praying Friends, In Acts 14:17 it reads, “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17 Our God has not left himself without witness but He always does good to us on this earth. He gave us the rain from heaven, making fruitful seasons on this earth filling our hearts with food and gladness. We are now moving quickly into the Thanksgiving holiday, which is the season of celebrating our King of Kings, the Almighty God who has graciously and generously given us food and gladness. It is a time to be grateful to the Father of lights and come before Him with hearts full of thanksgiving. Not only one day, but also everyday of the year.
On August 5, 1620, 102 Pilgrims, of them 34 were children and 30 sailors, boarded the Mayflower. It was a very, very hard voyage for them. That ship sailed alone, but with God on her side she would not fail. The Word of God would map out the way for the next 90 days across the Atlantic. All their faith was in the one God, that what He started He would finish! Surely Psalms 119:105 was lighting the way, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” It was the light of Christ leading them into the adventure of a new day. They took very little clothes, some tools and utensils for cooking, but most importantly they had their Bibles, the most precious thing that they owned and their faith. There were no bathrooms or showers and they all slept on the same deck of the ship. There was no room for the children to run and play. They all worked hard and made such sacrifices of love to get to the “New World” so they could be free in Christ. After 90 days of many hardships had passed, they reached Cape Cod; that place is now in the state of Massachusetts. William Bradford, one of the Pilgrim leaders wrote, “Many fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who brought them over the vast and furious ocean.” At one point in one of the great storms they encountered at sea, the Mayflower’s “main beam” cracked and they almost shipwrecked. Can you imagine everything in the ship was wet and damaged? Thank God that the pilgrims had brought a great iron screw (nail) to help build houses. They used that big nail to keep the beam in place. This big nail represented the Christ within. In Ezra 9:8 it reads, “And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.”
Pilgrims Had Great Faith
Ezra recognized that only a small remnant remained faithful to the Lord Jesus at that time. The Lord had acknowledged them as His own and given them a “nail” in the holy place that would lighten their eyes and revive them in their bondage. They would again build a “sure place” for Him where His honor and presence would dwell amongst them. Nothing was changed since the time of Ezra; the Lord was looking for His remnant people and found the Pilgrims. When Jesus, after His resurrection, spoke to doubting Thomas, John 20:27, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side and be not faithless, but believing.” In other words see the prints in my hands and the hole in my side where those nails penetrated me in the “sure place” of Calvary. Without Christ we (America) are on dangerous waters and just like the Pilgrims if they hadn’t had their faith in Jesus, the “sure nail” needed to hold that main beam together, surely they would have failed their mission by losing their course. They would have shipwrecked and been destroyed.
Nail In A Sure Place
|1 Chronicles 16:34|
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