Be Convinced

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for,
being convinced of what we do not see
Hebrews 11:1

True faith drops its letter in the post office box,
and lets it go.
Distrust holds on to a corner of it,
and wonders that the answer never comes.
I have some letters in my desk
that have been written for weeks,
but there was some slight uncertainty
about the address or the contents,
so they are yet unmailed.
They have not done either me
or anybody else any good yet.
They will never accomplish anything
until I let them go out of my hands
and trust them to the postman and the mail.

This the way with true faith.
It hands its case over to God,
and then He works.
That is a fine verse in the Thirty-seventh Psalm:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord,
trust also in Him, and He worketh.”

But He never worketh till we commit.
Faith is a receiving or still better,
a taking of God’s proffered gifts.
We may believe, and come, and commit, and rest;
but we will not fully realize all our blessing
until we begin to receive and come into the attitude
of abiding and taking.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth

Psalm 37:3-7
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: . . .

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It Is Possible


I waited patiently for the Lord;
and He inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.–Psalm 40:1

It is possible,
when the future is dim,
when our depressed faculties can form
no bright ideas of the perfection
and happiness of a better world,

–it is possible still to cling to the conviction of God’s merciful purpose towards His creatures, of His parental goodness even in suffering;

still to feel that the path of duty, though trodden with a heavy heart, leads to peace;

still to be true to conscience;

still to do our work,
to resist temptation,
to be useful, though with diminished energy,
to give up our wills
when we cannot rejoice under God’s mysterious providence.

In this patient, though uncheered obedience,
we become prepared for light.
The soul gathers force.
WM. E. CHANNING.

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him,
he heard.

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Abundantly Able

And being absolutely certain
that whatever promise He is bound by,
He is able to make good
Romans 4:20

We are told that Abraham could look at his own body
and consider it as good as dead
without being discouraged,
because he was not looking at himself
but at the Almighty One.
He did not stagger at the promise,
but stood straight up unbending
beneath his mighty load of blessing;
and instead of growing weak he waxed strong in the faith,
grew more robust,
the more difficulties became apparent,
glorifying God through His very sufficiency
and being “fully persuaded”
(as the Greek expresses it)
“that he who had promised was,”
not merely able,
but as it literally means “abundantly able,”
munificently able,
able with an infinite surplus of resources,
infinitely able “to perform.”

He is the God of boundless resources.
The only limit is in us.
Our asking,
our thinking,
our praying are too small;
our expectations are too limited.
He is trying to lift us up to a higher conception,
and lure us on to a mightier expectation and appropriation.
Oh, shall we put Him in derision?
–A. B. Simpson

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How Can We Know the Way?

John 14:1-4, 6
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him,
Lord, we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,

I am the Way – That leads so the Father: –
the Truth that teaches the knowledge of God,
and directs in the way: –
the Life that animates all those who seek and serve him,
and which is to be enjoyed eternally at the end of the way.

Christ is the Way:
1. By his doctrine, John 6:68.
2. By his example, 1 Peter 2:21.
3. By his sacrifice, Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:9.
4. By his Spirit, John 16:13.

He is the Truth:
1. In opposition to all false religions.
2. To the Mosaic law, which was only the shadow, not the truth or substance, of the good things which were to come. And
3. In respect to all the promises of God, 2 Corinthians 1:20.

He is the Life,
both in grace and glory;
the life that not only saves from death, but destroys it.

No man cometh unto the Father
By any other doctrine,
by any other merit,
or by any other intercession than mine.

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Establish, Strengthen, Settle You

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1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect,
stablish,
strengthen,
settle you.

Notes from Clarke’s Comentary

But the God of all grace
The Fountain of infinite compassion, mercy, and goodness.
In the name of the God of all grace; the God who is the most merciful and the most compassionate, who is an exuberant Fountain of love and compassion to all his intelligent offspring.

Who hath called us
By the preaching of the Gospel.

Unto his eternal glory
To the infinite felicity of the heavenly state.

By Christ Jesus
Through the merit of his passion and death, by the influence of his Holy Spirit, by the precepts of his Gospel, and by the splendor of his own example.

After that ye have suffered a while
Having suffered a little time; that is, while ye are enduring these persecutions, God will cause all to work together for your good.

Make you perfect
He will make you perfect. – Put you in complete joint as the timbers of a building.

Stablish
Make you firm in every part; adapt you strongly to each other, so that you may be mutual supports, the whole building being one in the Lord.

Strengthen
Cramp and bind every part, so that there shall be no danger of warping, splitting, or falling.

Settle
Cause all to rest so evenly and firmly
upon the best and surest foundation,
that ye may grow together to a holy temple in the Lord:
in a word,
that ye may be complete in all the mind that was in Christ;
supported in all your trials and difficulties;
strengthened to resist and overcome all your enemies;
and after all abide, firmly founded, in the truth of grace.

Sunday Bible Reading

Isaiah 41:8-10

But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend.
Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
and called thee from the chief men thereof,
and said unto thee,
Thou art my servant;
I have chosen thee,
and not cast thee away.
Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea,
I will help thee; yea,
I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.

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The Lesson of ‘Inward Stillness’

Their strength is to sit still.
Isaiah 30:7

In order really to know God,
inward stillness is absolutely necessary.
I remember when I first learned this.
A time of great emergency had risen in my life,
when every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety,
and when the necessity
for immediate and vigorous action seemed overpowering;
and yet circumstances were such that I could do nothing,
and the person who could, would not stir.

For a little while it seemed as if
I must fly to pieces with the inward turmoil,
when suddenly the still small voice whispered
in the depths of my soul,
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
The word was with power, and I hearkened.
I composed my body to perfect stillness,
and I constrained my troubled spirit into quietness,
and looked up and waited;
and then I did “know” that it was God,
God even in the very emergency
and in my helplessness to meet it;
and I rested in Him.

It was an experience
that I would not have missed for worlds;
and I may add also,
that out of this stillness seemed to arise
a power to deal with the emergency,
that very soon brought it to a successful issue.
I learned then effectually
that my “strength was to sit still.”
–Hannah Whitall Smith

Let be and be still,
and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 46:10 AMPC

‘I Trust in Thee’

Though he slay me, yet will I trust him (Job 13:15).

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
‘I trust in Thee.’

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
Unanswered from the still, white realm above;
I will believe it is an all-wise love
Which has refused these things for which I yearn;
And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,
Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing
Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive.
I will believe the heights for which I strive
Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses.
I yet shall see through my severest losses
The greater gain.

I will not doubt. Well anchored is this faith,
Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;
So strong its courage that it will not quail
To breast the mighty unknown sea of death.
Oh, may I cry, though body parts with spirit,
‘I do not doubt,’ so listening worlds may hear it,
With my last breath.

Day by Day, And with each passing moment.
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Speak, LORD; for Thy Servant Heareth

I will hear what God the Lord will speak:
for He will speak peace unto His people.
Psalm 85:8

He speaketh,
but it is with us to hearken or no.
It is much, yea, it is everything,
not to turn away the ear,
to be willing to hearken,
not to drown His voice.
“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him.”
It is a secret, hushed voice,
a gentle intercourse of heart to heart,
a still, small voice,
whispering to the inner ear.
How should we hear it,
if we fill our ears
and our hearts with the din of this world,
its empty tumult,
its excitement,
its fretting vanities,
or cares,
or passions,
or anxieties,
or show,
or rivalries,
and its whirl of emptinesses?
E. B. PUSEY.

Therefore Eli said unto Samuel,
Go, lie down: and it shall be,
if he call thee,
that thou shalt say,
Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth.
So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
And the LORD came, and stood,
and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel.
Then Samuel answered,
Speak; for thy servant heareth.
And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, . . .
1 Samuel 3:9-11a

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Don’t you love how cats can look so peaceful as they sleep?

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8.

We sleep in peace in the arms of God,
when we yield ourselves up to His providence,
in a delightful consciousness of His tender mercies;
no more restless uncertainties,
no more anxious desires,
no more impatience at the place we are in;
for it is God who has put us there,
and who holds us in His arms.
Can we be unsafe where He has placed us?
FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON.

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To Give Everything First

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth,
have not a cake,
but an handful of meal in a barrel,
and a little oil in a cruse:
and, behold, I am gathering two sticks,
I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die.
And Elijah said unto her, Fear not;
go and do as thou hast said:
but make me thereof a little cake first,
and bring it unto me,
and after make for thee and for thy son.
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
The barrel of meal shall not waste,
neither shall the cruse of oil fail,
until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah:
and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
And the barrel of meal wasted not,
neither did the cruse of oil fail,
according to the word of the LORD,
which he spake by Elijah.
1Kings 17:12-16

 

But what if . . .
what if the widow had not believed the words of the prophet?

What if she had not picked up that curse of oil the next morning
to fix the breakfast cake

What if she had not reached in to the bag

Did she wonder as she picked up the flour scoop
Did her hand tremble?
Did she cry
“LORD! HELP MY UNBELIEF!”

She was just like me
measuring out for days the amount left
in the bag and in the cruse.

Making each cake in the morning and in the evening
just a little smaller
just a little drier
knowing on what day
everything would be gone.

The day came
and as she looked in her little son’s eyes
she said,
Come, let us gather the sticks for today’s breakfast.

As they walk down the same lane
they had walked day after day
they met a man
who asked her to give everything she had to him first.

 

Remembering mine affliction and my misery,
the wormwood and the gall.
My soul hath them still in remembrance,
and is humbled in me.
This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:19-23

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So Run, That Ye May Obtain

Ever Keep Heavaen in View

For we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end;
Hebrews 3:14

It is the last step that wins;
and there is no place in the pilgrim’s progress
where so many dangers lurk as the region
that lies hard by the portals of the Celestial City.
It was there that Doubting Castle stood.
It was there that the enchanted ground
lured the tired traveler to fatal slumber.
It is when Heaven’s heights are full in view that
hell’s gate is most persistent and full of deadly peril.
“Let us not be weary in well doing,
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.”
“So run, that ye may obtain.”

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

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Another is Hindered

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I love the bare branches of trees.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more:
but judge this rather,
that no man put a stumbling-block,
or an occasion to fall,
in his brother’s way.
Romans 14:13.

A vexation arises,
and our expressions of impatience
hinder others from taking it patiently.
Disappointment,
ailment,
or even weather depresses us;
and our look or tone of depression
hinders others from maintaining
a cheerful and thankful spirit.
We say an unkind thing,
and another is hindered in learning
the holy lesson of charity that thinketh no evil.
We say a provoking thing,
and our sister or brother is hindered
in that day’s effort to be meek.
How sadly, too, we may hinder without word or act!
For wrong feeling is more infectious than wrong doing;
especially the various phases of ill temper,
–gloominess,
touchiness,
discontent,
irritability,
–do we not know how catching these are?
F. R. HAVERGAL.

Them that were entering in,
ye hindered.
Luke 11:52.

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Whatsoever Thy Hand Findeth To Do . . .

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My meat is to do the will of Him
that sent me and to finish His work.
John 4:34.

Don’t object that your duties are so insignificant;
they are to be reckoned of infinite significance,
and alone important to you.
Were it but the more perfect regulation of your apartments,
the sorting-away of your clothes and trinkets,
the arranging of your papers, —
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, _do it_ with all thy might,”
and all thy worth and constancy.
Much more, if your duties are of evidently higher, wider scope;
if you have brothers, sisters, a father, a mother,
weigh earnestly what claim does lie upon you, on behalf of each,
and consider it as the one thing needful,
to pay _them_ more and more honestly and nobly what you owe.
What matter how miserable one is, if one can do that?
That is the sure and steady disconnection and
extinction of whatsoever miseries one has in this world.
T. CARLYLE.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:17

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Seek the Best

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The Stone beside me marked the resting place
of somebody’s BELOVED WIFE
who died in 1805 OF A FEVER.
Beneath her name was a line of script,
almost indistinguishable.
I looked close,
wondering which biblical phrase
her grieving children might have chosen.
But it was not a quotaton;
but a statement:
EVER SHE SOUGHT THE BEST, EVER FOUND IT.

Eight words,
I stood there with my fingers on the cool stone,
feeling the present fade
and the past stir behind the illusion we call time.
A century ago
this woman had been living through a hideous war.
Perhaps it took her husband from her,
perhaps her sons.
When it ended
her country was beaten, broken, improverished.
Yet someone who knew her had written
that she always looked for the best,
and always found it.

There was courage in those words,
and dignity, and purpose.
And a kind of triumph, too,
as if they contained a secret of inestimatable value.
What you look for in life,
they seem to be saying,
you will surely find.
But the direction in which you look is up to you.
Arthur Gordon

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

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