Elisabeth Elliot’s 88 years on earth ended when she passed into eternity on June 15, 2015. A memorial service at Wheaton College (her Alma Mater) will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015, with a hymn-sing at 3:00 pm EDT and the service beginning at 3:15. It will be live-streamed here.
Elisabeth is survived by her third husband, Lars Gren, who called her “one of the most influential Christian women of our time. For a half century, her best selling books, timeless teachings and courageous faith have influenced believers and seekers of Jesus Christ throughout the world. She used her experiences as a daughter, wife, mother, widow, and missionary to bring the message of Christ to countless women and men around the world” (from elisabethelliot.org).
In her honor, the following are some of this author’s favorite quotes from Elisabeth Elliot:
“No one whose first concern is feeling good can be a disciple.”
“The peace of God means the absence of conflict with the will of God. It means harmony within, concord with His purpose for our lives. Only Christ Himself, who slept in the boat in the storm and then spoke calm to the wind and waves, can stand beside us when we are in a panic and say to us Peace. It will not be explainable. It transcends human understanding. And there is nothing else like it in the whole wide world” (taken from All That Was Ever Ours).
“Jesus learned obedience by the things which He suffered, not by the things which He enjoyed. In order to fit you for His purposes both here and in eternity, He has lent you this sorrow. But He bears the heavier end of the Cross laid upon you!” (Keep A Quiet Heart, Vine Books, 1995, p. 76−78).
“The will is surrendered through the tear ducts.”
“It is easy to conclude, when things turn out badly, that it was all a mistake to begin with. The facts of the gospel do not bear this out. Think of Jesus’ choice of apostles. He spent a whole night in prayer before He made his selection. Judas was one of his choices. Peter affirmed, in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, ‘He was one of our number and had his place in this ministry’ (Acts 1:17 NEB). Things could not have turned out worse for him or for Jesus because of him, yet Scripture nowhere suggests that the original choice was a mistake. Judas was still a man, still free to sin.
“When we must make decisions, we should bring to bear on them scriptural principles, prayer, and all the intelligence God has dealt out to us. Then we must go on quietly in faith, knowing that the results of our obedience are God’s responsibility, not ours” (from A Lamp For My Feet).
“Let’s be clear about one thing: God does not cause all the things we don’t like. But He does permit them to happen because it is in this fallen world that we humans must learn to walk by faith. He doesn’t leave us to ourselves, however, He shares every step. He walked this lonesome road first, He gave Himself for us, He died for us. ‘Can we not trust such a God to give us, with Him, everything else that we can need?’ (Romans 8:32, Phillips). Those disappointments give us the chance to learn to know Him and the meaning of His gifts, and, in the midst of darkness, to receive His light. Doesn’t that transform the ‘not-thankful list’ into a thankful one?” (from Keep a Quiet Heart, p. 123).
“The Bible does not explain everything necessary for our intellectual satisfaction, but…everything necessary for our obedience and hence God’s satisfaction” (from Discipline, The Glad Surrender).
“If we regard each limitation which we are conscious of today as a gift—that is, as one of the terms of our particular service to the Master—we won’t complain or pity or excuse ourselves. We will rather offer up those gifts as a sacrifice, with thanksgiving” (from A Lamp For My Feet).
And these from Faith that Does Not Falter (Flemming H. Revell, 2003):
“God’s command is His enabling” (p. 48).
“A broken heart is an acceptable offering to God. He will never despise it. We do not know what unimagined good He can bring about through our simple offering. Christ was willing to be broken bread for the life of the world. He was poured out like wine. He accepted being ground like wheat and crushed like the grape. …Our small hurts, so infinitely smaller than His, may yet be trustfully surrendered to His transforming work. The trial of faith is a thing worth much more than gold” (p. 57).
“Waiting is a form of suffering—the difficulty of self-restraint, the anguish of unfulfilled longing, the bewilderment of unanswered prayer, flesh and heart failing, soul breaking. These are indeed tribulations, and tribulation is the curriculum if we are to learn patience. We want answers now, right now, but we are required at times to walk in darkness. Nevertheless, God is in the darkness. …God is in the waiting” (p. 59).
Elisabeth graciously and generously gave CHERA Fellowship magazine (for widows/widowers) permission to reprint her material free of charge. Her books and newsletters can be found at www.elisabethelliot.org and will continue to minister to people’s spiritual needs in many practical and uplifting ways. After all, her credo was: “You are loved with an everlasting love, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
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