But may all who take shelter in you be happy! May they continually shout for joy! Shelter them so that those who are loyal to you may rejoice! [Ps 5:11]
He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water.
I can hear these violets chorus
To the sky’s benediction above;
And we all are together lying
On the bosom of Infinite Love.
Oh, the peace at the heart of Nature!
Oh, the light that is not of day!
Why seek it afar forever,
When it cannot be lifted away?
~ W. C. Gannett ~
What inexpressible joy for me, to look up through the apple-blossoms and the fluttering leaves, and to see God’s love there; to listen to the thrush that has built his nest among them, and to feel God’s love, who cares for the birds, in every note that swells his little throat; to look beyond to the bright blue depths of the sky, and feel they are a canopy of blessing,— the roof of the house of my Father; that if clouds pass over it, it is the unchangeable light they veil; that, even when the day itself passes, I shall see that the night itself only unveils new worlds of light; and to know that if I could unwrap fold after fold of God’s universe, I should only unfold more and more blessing, and see deeper and deeper into the love which is at the heart of all.
~ Elizabeth Charles ~
Little children, remain in him. [1 John 2:28]
The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel – not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell!
You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace! You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?
“Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you.”
For every one of God’s promises are “Yes” in him; therefore also through him the “Amen” is spoken, to the glory we give to God.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
[Jas 1:6-8, Gal 1:6-8, Gal 5:4, Gal 5:7, John 15:4, John 15:7, 2 Cor 1:20]
Bearing the burden of crushing weight actually gives Christians wings. This may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it is a blessed truth. While enduring a severe trial, David cried, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6). Yet before he finished his meditation, he seems to have realized that his wish for wings was attainable, for then he said, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).
The word “burden” is described in my Bible commentary as being “what Jehovah has given you.” The saints’ burdens are God-given, leading us to wait upon him. And once we have done so, the burden is transformed into a pair of wings through the miracle of trust.
—from Sunday School Times
… The fabled last back-breaking straw
To weary, troubled, fretting mind.
“Ah yes, it will break and crush my life;
I cannot bear this constant strain
Of endless, aggravating cares;
They are too great for such as I.”
So thus my heart consoled itself,
“Enjoying misery,” when lo!
A “still small voice” distinctly said,
“‘Twas sent to lift you—not to crush.”
I saw at once my great mistake.
My place was not beneath the load
But on the top! God meant it not
That I should carry it. He sent
It here to carry me …
O paradox of Heaven. The load
We think will crush was sent to lift us
Up to God! Then, soul of mine,
Climb up! Nothing can e’er be crushed
Save what is underneath the weight.
How may we climb! By what ascent
Will we crest the critical cares
Of life! Within his word is found
The key which opens his secret stairs;
Alone with Christ, secluded there,
We mount our loads, and rest in him.