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100 Years Ago In Word and Work, 1916 The Lord Knows How

by Stanford Chambers

Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

Copied from the June, 1916 Word and Work Magazine

Like Nicodemus of old many today are ever asking, “How can these things be?” The how of things perplexes them. “How can God answer prayer?” “How can God exercise special care for the righteous?” “How can His spirit dwell in our hearts?”  “How can these things be, without derangement of the laws of the universe?” and many like questions do they ask.

Let Peter tell us : “the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation and keep the unrighteous under punishment unto the day of judgment.” (II. Peter 2 :9 ) .

The Lord knows the how, it is of small consequence whether man does or not. Let man accept the facts as God reveals them without questioning the possibilities of things God prom­ises. He will bring it to pass.

He knows how.   He can answer prayer without throwing the universe out of order or obstructing

the laws of nature. So can He chasten whom He loveth and keep under punishment the unrighteous unto the day of judgment.  Rewards and punishments hereafter to be sure, but rewards and punishments here also.

That God knows how to punish the ungodly, Peter gives three proofs:

(1 ) He spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down to pits of darkness to await the


(2)  He spared not the corrupt antediluvian race.

(3 ) He reduced wicked Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes as an example to the un­godly.

God’s deliverance of the righteous Peter illustrates:

(2 ) in His snatching away righteous Lot before sending His fiery judgment upon Sodom.

Jude gives another – the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.

The Bible furnishes any number of such deliverances. Did God not deliver Daniel from the Lions and the three Hebrew children from the fire?  Did He not deliver Peter from prison and Paul from the serpent’s bite?

Saints of God trust on, pray on. “Thy God is able to deliver thee.”

“Sinners, turn ; why will ye die?”


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