Jul 122017
 

“I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls; which I have made” (Isaiah 57:16).

Our heavenly Father seeks-
– our instruction!
– not our destruction!!

His contention with us-
– has a kind intention toward us.

He will not be-
– always in arms against us!

He will hold us-
– always in His arms!

We think the Lord is long in His chastisements.

But that is because we are short in our patience.

His compassion endures forever.

– but not His contention.

The night may drag its weary length along.

But it must in the end give place to cheerful day.

As contention is only for a season-

– so the wrath which leads to it is only for a small moment.

If He were to deal with us always as He does sometimes-

– we should faint outright and go down hopelessly to the gates of death.

The Lord will soon end His chiding.

Bear up!

– for the Lord will bear you up,

– and bear you through!

He who made you knows how frail you are and how little you can bear.

He will handle tenderly that which He has fashioned so delicately.

Therefore-

– be not afraid because of the painful present,

– for it hastens to a prosperous future!

He that smote you shall heal you!

His small anger shall be followed by His great affection!

His little wrath shall be followed by His lavish wonders!

(PA)

Jun 212017
 

“And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15).

Here is an urgent occasion!

– “the day of trouble.”

It is dark at noon on such a day.

Every hour seems blacker than the one which came before it.

Then is this promise in season:

It is written for the cloudy day.

Here is an upholding advice!!

– “Call upon Me.”

We ought not to need the exhortation:

It should be our constant habit all the day and every day.

What a mercy to have liberty to call upon God!

What wisdom to make good use of it!

How foolish to go running about to men!

The Lord invites us to lay our case before Him.

And surely we will not hesitate to do so.

Here is an undoubtful promise!!!

– “I will deliver you!”

Whatever the trouble may be-

– the Lord makes no exceptions but promises full, sure, happy deliverance.

He will Himself work out our deliverance by His own hand.

We believe it, and the Lord honours faith.

Here is an ultimate result!

– “You shall glorify Me.”

When He has delivered us-

– we will loudly praise Him.

As He is sure to do it-

Let us begin to glorify Him at once!

(PA)

May 202017
 

“And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered” (Joel 2:32). 

Why do not I call on His name? Why do I run to this man and that one when God is so near and will hear my faintest call?

Why do I sit down and devise schemes and invent plans? Why not at once roll myself and my burden upon the Lord?

Why do not I run at once to the living God? In vain- shall I look for “deliverance anywhere else; – but with God I shall find it!”

I need not ask whether I may call on Him or not, -for that word “Whosoever” is a very wide and comprehensive one.

Whosoever means me, for it means anybody and everybody who calls upon God. I will therefore follow the leading of the text! And at once call upon the glorious Lord who has made so large a promise.

My case is urgent!

And I do not see how I am to be delivered! But this is no business of mine!!

The LORD will fight for me; I need only to be still (Exodus 14:14).

He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor! I call upon Him, and He shall deliver!!

(PA)

May 062017
 

“Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).

God is “the Keeper of Israel!”

And He is the Keeper of His Church!!

No form of unconsciousness ever steals over Him-

– neither the deeper slumber nor the slighter sleep!

He never fails to watch the house and the heart of His people.

This is a sufficient reason for our resting in perfect peace.

Alexander said that he slept well-

– because his friend Parmenio watched.

Much more may we sleep!

Because-

Our God is our guard!

“Behold” is here set up to call our attention to the cheering truth.

Israel, when he had a stone for his pillow, fell asleep.

But His God was awake and came in vision to His servant.

When we lie defenseless-

God Himself will cover us!

The Lord keeps His people-

– as a rich man keeps his treasure,

– as a captain keeps a city with a garrison,

– as a sentry keeps watch over his sovereign.

None can harm those-

– who are in such keeping!

(PA)

Apr 272017
 

“Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).

God is “the Keeper of Israel!”

And He is the Keeper of His Church!!

No form of unconsciousness ever steals over Him-

– neither the deeper slumber nor the slighter sleep!

He never fails to watch the house and the heart of His people.

This is a sufficient reason for our resting in perfect peace.

Alexander said that he slept well-

– because his friend Parmenio watched.

Much more may we sleep!

Because-

Our God is our guard!

“Behold” is here set up to call our attention to the cheering truth.

Israel, when he had a stone for his pillow, fell asleep.

But His God was awake and came in vision to His servant.

When we lie defenseless-

God Himself will cover us!

The Lord keeps His people-

– as a rich man keeps his treasure,

– as a captain keeps a city with a garrison,

– as a sentry keeps watch over his sovereign.

None can harm those-

– who are in such keeping!

(PA)