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Upon the Burning of Our House                   a poem by Anne Bradstreet
The Pillar of Promise                                    by  J.  Kirkpatrick


by Anne Bradstreet

In silent night when rest I took
For sorrow near I did not look

I waken'd was with thundering noise
And shrieks of dreadful voice.

That fearful sound of fire and fire,
Let no man know is my desire.

I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry

To strengthen me in my distress
And not to leave me succorless.

Then coming out beheld a space,
The flame consumed my dwelling place.

Here stood that trunk, there a chest;
There lay that store I counted best:

My pleasant things in ashes lie,
And them behold no more shall I.

Under thy roof no guest shall sit,
Nor at thy table eat a bit.

No pleasant tale shall 'ere be told,
Nor things recounted done of old.

No candle 'ere shall shine in thee,
Nor bridegroom's voice 'ere heard shall be.

In silence every shall thou lie;
Adieu, Adieu; All's vanity.

Thou hast an house on high erect,
Fram'd by that mighty Architect,

With glory richly furnished,
Stands permanent though this be fled.

It's purchased and paid for too
By him who hath enough to do.

A prize so vast as is unknown,
Yet by his gift is made thine own.

There's wealth enough, I need no more;
Farewell my self, farewell my store.

The world no longer let me love,
My hope and treasure lies above.

The  Pillar  Of  Promise

by J. Kirkpatrick,  OH

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!
How is she become as a widow!
She that was great among the nations,
and princes among the provinces,

How is she become tributary! Lamentation 1:1

God's ways are higher than our ways. Is it possible that sufferings, trials and testings can be for good? God says that in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

How can this be? It is very significant that the first word in the book of Lamentations is the word, "HOW"! The Hebrew word "how" in Lam. 1:1 is EYK, Strong's Number 349H. It is an inter-jection expressing satisfaction. Again, how could lamenations be an expression of satisfaction?

God's truths are unsearchable from our carnal under-standing. Yet the Holy Spirit, our teacher, our comforter, chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Could it be that when things are going along fine for us that this is hindering our walk with the Lord? The world may ask,

How could a God of love allow us to suffer?

But that is exactly what the Lord is showing us in this Lamentations. Suffering, indeed, is for our good and it helps to grow us into a mature person.

God's provision, therefore, is not for carnal, material satisfaction and happiness in our lives. It is the exact opposite. He stirs up our nest so that we will begin to perk up and ask

What's going on?

God's provision for us is the exact opposite than what the world may think. God, in his infinite wisdom and love provides suffering, trials, testings and persecutions to cause us to express "TRUE SATISFACTION". Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?

"Eye hath not seen nor ear heard what God has prepared for those that love Him." Can you receive suffering, trials, testings and persecutions as a TRUE BLESSING from the Lord?

If we go one step further with the first word, "HOW" in Lam. 1:1, we find that cross-references back to the Strong's Number, 335H. This is the Hebrew word, AY, and means,

"WHERE ??? WHEN ??? WHENCE ??? WHICH ??? HOW ??? WHY ???

Could it be possible that the Lord stirs us up to get our attention so that we will begin to question worldly ideas and ideals that we think we must attain to?

Can we be as the eagle, who when stirred from its nest, declares with an expression of satisfaction.

"What's going on?" Why Lord!

Why, are these things happening to me?

It is because He knows that sufferings will bring True Joy when the peaceable fruit of righteousness is brought forth in our lives?

The last pillar is the Pillar of Promise. We are promised True Joy through sufferings. Be strong and of good courage! You can overcome and you can change the old man. You can put off the old carnal flesh man and put on the true robe of righteousness. But it will only come about as we willing endure suffering, persecution and the refining fires of His furnace. *** I Samuel 2:8.

Why Lord ??? Why ???

Because He loves and chastises every one whom he loves. Heb 12:5-6

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