EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS
by K. J. Cordle
Subject to the Lord’s will I have booked … for Rehoboth Coventry. May the Lord’s blessing rest upon our meeting together. I believe it has done in the past, but as the old man used to say, “The mill cannot turn with the water that is past”. We need a continual supply of power and blessing both in the pulpit and out of it. There is no vital godliness without the powerful operations of the Holy Ghost, nor do I believe there will be any real God-honouring blessing or soul-humbling profit apart from the same Divine application.
God is faithful: folk are not. Many godly folk are not to be relied on. Job 5:1; 4:18. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” You can rely on that, for the Lord always means what he says.
2 Tim. 2:13.
I have realized for many years that we need to remember James’s injunction in 4:15. when making any arrangements, but I realize and feel it much more than I used to do: in fact I feel that we ought to say, “If the Lord will” if we say we are going from one room to another, which I often do in my heart. Folk may think that I am .squeamish, but I realize in some little measure that it is in Him we live and move and have our being.
I am looking forward to my visit to Coventry … I have enjoyed my previous visits. I believe we have entered into a little of the true meaning of the fellowship of saints. I do not know how you find it out I find very little of it. I thank the Lord that I do enjoy it sometimes, but not so often as I used to do with the godly men that I knew who are now in heaven.
The Lord does not equip His servants with fur-lined carpet slippers otherwise scorpions would bite their toes. Your path is well planned and you will have good footwear.
As you know, I enjoy my visit to Coventry, I find the fellowship both profitable and comforting. There is not much of that sort of friendship nowadays, but I thank God there is still a little left. I
sometimes go back over the days past and gone, when in my young days I moved among the old godly and gracious men and women that I was favoured to know and listen to. I have noticed for years that so many young Christians do not seem exercised as the generation were that I was brought up with. I know that we should not court or encourage that first cousin of the devil, unbelief – far from it. I have found the spiritual pathway a severe struggle ever since God stopped me on the high road to hell; it has been one long hard warfare and still is. The generation I was introduced to after I had my eyes half opened had something to talk about. As a young man I used to love to listen to them as they told of the Lord’s dealings with them, and how they had proved the Lord’s faithfulness, how Jesus Christ had often confirmed them of their union with Him by the power of the Holy Ghost. Generally speaking I do not find much of that sort of fellowship today . . .
I have known what it meant to go to chapel with my head between my knees (if you know what that means) and go home with heavenly happiness in my soul.
I sincerely hope that you do not get so depressed and dejected about your ministry as I do about mine. I will not enlarge as I should make this note too long. What I do find so depressing is that so many of my hearers, who I believe fear God, seem static. They have been so for years, and God knows it is not because I have not tried to pray for them. He alone knows the groans that have gone, and still go out of my soul for them. Then I see such a lack of brotherly love amongst so many. They wonder why they are in bondage. I do not. You may call me legal if you wish. I hate John Bunyan’s old Mr Legality. I have had many a brush with the old wretch. I think that a lot of Christian folk would do well if they could get a good firm grasp of Matt. 6:14,15. I know that a person is not justified and forgiven on the ground that they forgive others. That is alone through the Lord Jesus Christ. But if we do not show the spirit of Christ and forgive those that hurt us, then the Lord will withhold the tokens of our forgiveness. That is truth, not legalism. I could add a lot more but I forbear; I am sorry if I have bored you.
As you mention in your letter it will be fifty years ago next week since we were married. When I look back it all seems like a dream to think that the years have gone by so quickly, but we rejoice to remember that the Psalmist said, “Thou remainest”. I was at my Grandfather’s golden wedding, and at my Father’s, and if the Lord will I hope to be at my own. I trust that I can echo the prophetic words of the Psalmist in Ps. 23:6. I know that goodness and mercy have followed us all these years, and sometimes I have half a
thimbleful of faith to believe that goodness and mercy will continue until the end. Oh to dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (I know the margin says ‘length of days’). I do not think that I do injustice to the text to consider the House of the Lord as heaven. There will be no anniversaries there.
The conflict will get no easier as you get older, but your Master will ever remain the same.
A dear friend of mine used to close with ‘Love to you both from us both,’ and I can say the same. Give our love to P. and J. Tell P. he will never drown while God keeps his chin above water. I am sure that God will do that for him.
The road is often rough and lonely but God is faithful. He knows how to deal with sharp flinty roads concerning those that are struggling to heaven. He not only provides the right shoes but He makes them and fits them as well. He needs no advice with regards to size and material. Deut. 33.25.