"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way." 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Peace with God is an invaluable blessing! It flows from Christ's atonement, and is the antidote of human misery!
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord." Psalm 37:23
The Lord never allows His children to wander without a guide, or rove just where their foolish inclination prompts; but He watches over, and leads them in the way which they should go.
While passing through the wilderness,
Full of temptations and distress,
What comfort does the thought afford,
Our steps are ordered by the Lord!
"Unto you who believe — He is precious!" 1 Peter 2:7
True faith always leads us to prize the Savior! The stronger our faith — the more precious He becomes!
"It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Philippians 2:13
Notwithstanding all that God has done for us — we daily need the Holy Spirit to direct our wills and strengthen our souls.
"The Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father — He shall testify of Me!" John 15:26
The Holy Spirit always speaks of Jesus, leads us to Jesus, and testifies of Him to the heart and conscience.
"For to me — to live is Christ, and to die is gain!" Philippians 1:21
The life of the Christian should be a practical exhibition of Christ, in His spirit, temper, disposition, and doctrine — then to live would be Christ — and to die eternal gain!
"Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the Lord." 2 Kings 22:19
Sin hardens the heart — but grace softens it. The more grace we receive, the tenderer our hearts will be.
"You shall be hated of all men for my name's sake!" Matthew 10:22
A holy life condemns a sinful world — hence the opposition that is manifested to it. Let us aim to be holy — then, though hated of men, we shall be happy.
"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged!" Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord will never break His word or forsake His people; therefore their fears are groundless, and their doubts sinful.
"Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us!" Ephesians 5:2
The sacrifice of Christ is but the effect of His love; if therefore He so loved us as to give Himself for us — He will not deny us any good thing.
"Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak!" Psalm 6:2
We are never so safe as when we deeply feel our weakness; for then it is that we look for promised strength, and receive it!
I'm helpless as a little child.
And like it I would rest.
Show me, O God, a parent's heart!
Give me an infant s trust.
"The Lord will give grace and glory!" Psalm 84:11
Grace fits us for glory, and is introductory to it. The two are inseparably connected. If grace sanctify us — glory will crown us!
"Cast all your cares on Him — because He cares for you!" 1 Peter 5:7
Earthly cares . . .
hinder meditation, and
obstruct our progress.
Let us carry them all to Jesus — and leave them with Him!
"The Lord tries the righteous!" Psalm 11:5
Trials are the Lord's furnace, in which He tries our graces and purifies our persons. If we have not been tried — we are not safe.
"The Lord God is a sun and shield!" Psalm 84:11
Our God is at once the light that cheers and guides us, and the shield that protects and defends us. He both our comfort and safety. Let us look to Him in darkness and danger.
"It is the voice of my beloved that knocks, saying: Open to me, my sister, my love!" Song of Solomon 5:2
Jesus is seeking fellowship with us this evening, let us go into secret with Him, and pour out our hearts before Him.
"I am the Alpha and Omega — the first and the last!" Revelation 1:11
Jesus comprehends in Himself . . .
all that is great, good, or glorious;
all we can desire, enjoy, or employ;
all we can need in time or eternity!
"I am in trouble, Lord. Help me!" Isaiah 38:14
The trouble that drives us to the Lord does us good. It is only the burden that is too heavy for us — that we are willing to cast upon God.
"When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled Himself greatly!" 2 Chronicles 33:12
Prosperity has led many astray — but adversity has been sent to reclaim them! Affliction is a father's voice crying, "Come back!"
Afflictions are chastisements; they are sent by a Father, and are regulated by wisdom, pity, and love. To despise them, is to reflect poorly on Him.
Afflictions, though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent;
They show the prodigal His sin,
And lead Him to repent!
"He was wounded for our transgressions — He was bruised for our iniquities!" Isaiah 53:5
Our sins being imputed to Jesus — the desert of them was laid upon Him. He suffered what we deserved — and now we enjoy what He merited.
That dear blood, for sinners spilt.
Shows my sin in all its guilt;
Ah! my soul, be bore your load —
You have slain the Lamb of God!
You must fear the Lord your God, and cling to Him!" Deuteronomy 10:20
Filial fear leads to holy obedience, and preserves us from wandering from God!
"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me!" Romans 7:21
We are in more danger from inbred corruption — than from Satan and all His hosts! The enemy within is worse than the enemy without.
Far worse than all my foes I find
The enemy within —
The evil heart, the carnal mind,
Mine own insidious sin!
"For in just a very little while — He who is coming will come and will not delay!" Hebrews 10:37
The Savior will soon appear, and then our labors will cease, and our sorrows will end! All beyond will be light, joy, and peace!
A few more days, or months, or years,
In this dark desert to complain;
A few more signs, a few more tears,
And we shall hid adieu to pain!
"All things are for your sakes!" 2 Corinthians 4:15
In every purpose He formed,
in every work He wrought,
in every circumstance He permits —
the Lord's eye is upon the good of His people!
All is for their good.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also!" Matthew 6:19-21
The earthly mind only strives for earthly things; but the godly man has his hope, his heart, and his treasure in Heaven.
"Be silent, all mankind, before the Lord!" Zechariah 2:13
We may always trust the Lord's wisdom — even when we do not see the design He has in view. He will make no mistake — nor shall His work contradict His word.
Turn to your rest, O my soul.
And kiss the needful rod;
Nor seek your Sovereign to control.
But know that He is God!
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18
Everything on earth is temporal — therefore of small importance.
Everything in the other world is eternal — therefore of infinite moment.
"O Lord, you are our Father! We are the clay — and you our Potter!" Isaiah 64:8
We are . . .
produced by the divine power,
molded by the divine wisdom, and
stamped with the divine name —
to reflect the divine glory.
"Wash me — and I shall be whiter than snow!" Psalm 51:7
The blood of Jesus will eradicate the deepest stains, and make the foulest sinner as spotless as an angel of light; its efficacy is infinite!
"How many are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom You made them all!" Psalm 104:24
The works of the Lord are to be studied and enjoyed; they are a looking-glass in which He is to be seen.
"A man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest!" Isaiah 32:2
Jesus is our hiding-place in every affliction, our covert in every storm — in Him we find comfort and safety.
"He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake!" Psalm 23:3
Every sheep in the Savior's fold is prone to wander — and incessantly needs His watchful care and correction!
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time!" 1 Peter 5:6
Let us reflect upon our origin, our conduct, and our desert! Let us visit Gethsemane and Calvary — and so become truly humble.
"If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons." Hebrews 12:7
Every child of God needs chastening, and every one receives it! Nothing but discipline will produce obedience and submission.