Daily Comfort

“Returning the third time, he said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners!”

~ Mark 14:41

We need to learn the importance of timeliness in duty. There are many things which if done today, will prove untold blessings–but which tomorrow, it will not be worthwhile to do. It is today the sick neighbor needs your visit, your help; tomorrow he may be well, or others shall have ministered to him, or he may be dead. It is today that the tempted one needs your cheer; tomorrow he may be defeated, lying in the dust of shame. Tomorrow is a fatal word; countless thousands of hopes have been wrecked on it.

Daily Comfort

“He who is righteous–let him do righteousness still.”

~ Rev 22:11

The life in the eternal world–will not be different from the life here. The same good things we have learned to do here–we shall continue to do there. Those who have learned here to do righteousness shall continue, in the other life, to do righteousness. We shall still obey God there, and do his will; only we shall be more obedient than we have been here, and shall do his will better–perfectly! We shall love God there with all our heart, and love each other as ourselves; our life there shall be a perfect brotherhood, and heaven shall be a perfect home. It will still be more blessed there to give than to receive. They will still be chief there, who shall serve. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, meekness, gentleness, goodness, truth–will still be fruits of the Spirit there–as they are here.

Life in heaven will not be so strange to us as we think, if we have learned to do God’s will in this world. The everlasting life begins the moment we believe on Christ. While we remain on this earthly sphere, it is hindered and hampered by the limitations of earth, but in all true Christian experiences there are intimations of what the full blessedness will be. When we reach heaven the life begun here will go on, only without hindrance, limitation, or imperfection, forever. We are taught to pray that the will of God may be done on earth–as it is in heaven. Thus we are to get ready here for heaven.

Daily Comfort

“I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.”

~ Phil 1:23-24

Two desires draw upon our hearts if we are living in this world as citizens of heaven. The heavenly life woos us with its visions of bliss, its being with Christ, its tearless joy, its disenthrallment from sin, its realizations of holy hopes. At the same time, earth has its strong hold upon us. It is natural to want to live; any other desire in ordinary conditions is unwholesome. Human affections form a network of chains binding us to this life. So we are all “torn between the two desires.”

Daily Comfort

Unconfessed sins give bitterness. It is written in the old psalm: “When I refused to confess my sin, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.”

~ Ps 32:3-4

But the moment he made confession, back on the echo of his prayer of penitence came the assurance of pardon, “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord“ and you forgave the guilt of my sin!”

~ Psalm 32:5

That is always the way. God loves to forgive. The instant he hears the voice of penitence, he speaks the word of remission. So we learn the only way to get clear of our sins we must put them out of our heart, by sincere and humble confession. Then they will trouble us no more forever.

Some people try to flee from their sins–but they can never get away from them. Their sins are a part of themselves. Some people try to hide from God when they have sinned but this also is a vain effort. Adam and Eve tried this, hiding in the garden after their transgression, when they heard the footsteps of God approaching. The only safe flight from sin and from God is to God. In his mercy there is secure and eternal refuge.

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“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me! But He said to me ~ My grace is sufficient for you ~ for My power is made perfect in your weakness!” – 2 Cor 12:8

Many prayers which seem to be unanswered–are really answered. The blessing comes, but in a form we do not recognize. Instead of the very thing we sought something better is given!

The burden is not lifted away, but we are sustained beneath it.

We are not spared the suffering, but in the suffering we are brought nearer to God, and receive more of His grace.

The sorrow is not taken away, but is changed to joy.

Our ignorant prayers are taken into the hands of the great Intercessor, and are answered in ways far wiser than our thought!

Instead of earthly trifles ~ heavenly riches!

Instead of things which our poor wisdom sought things God’s infinite wisdom chose for us!

Instead of pleasure for a day ~ gain for eternity!

Daily Comfort

“How priceless is Your unfailing love! Men find refuge under the shadow of Your wings!”

~ Ps 36:7

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.”

~ Psalm 91:4

‘Under His wings’ is a blessed shelter into which to flee when the world is cold. It is a warm place into which to creep when the heart is smitten with sorrows. It is when we are troubled that we find these wings the softest. We call sorrow a shadow, and we talk about the shadow falling upon us and deepening, until sometimes all the light is obscured. Have you ever thought that it is the shadow of God’s wings, which makes this darkness? It does not seem love’s shadow; it seems unkindness. But really it is love. God is never so close to us as when we are in deepest sorrow.

As feeble babes that suffer,  
Toss and cry and will not rest,  
Are the ones the tender mother  
Holds the closest, loves the best.

So when we are weak and wretched,
By our sins weighed down, distressed,
Then it is that God’s great patience
Holds us closest, loves us best.

Daily Comfort

“What do you see now?” he asked. I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl of oil on top of it. Around the bowl are seven lamps, each one having seven spouts with wicks.”

~ Zech 4:2

A lampstand suggests light. Every Christian should be a light-bearer. God wants us to shine. The world is dark, and we are to pour light into its darkness. Our character must shine. That means, to put it very simply, that we must be holy.

To be holy, is to be first pure in heart. A little child said she liked best of all the beatitudes, the one about a pure heart, because if she had that blessing she would have all the others too. A pure, holy, loving heart–will make a life shine. “God is love,” and we are like God just so far as we are loving. That means love to God first, and then love to all men. We are therefore to be obedient, trustful, and reverent toward God–and gentle, unselfish, patient, thoughtful, kindly and helpful toward men.

We will find that it is not always easy, to shine with love’s light. The candle wastes, burns itself up, in shining. So does life. It costs to be unselfish, patient, thoughtful, and useful. We have to be forgiving, to bear injuries sweetly, to deny ourselves and make personal sacrifices, continually, in order to be gentle, patient, and kind when others are crude to us. It costs to shine; nevertheless we are to shine. Christ gave his blessed life–to be consumed on the candlestick of divine love, to light the world.

Daily Comfort

“The Lord gave ~ and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

– Job 1:21

God’s love is the same in the brightness–and when the brightness fades into gloom. It is the same in joy–and when the joy turns to grief. It is the same when blessings are given–and when the blessings are recalled.

It does not seem so to us; we easily believe that while God showers favors upon us–he loves us; but when he gives suffering and sorrow, we almost feel that he does not love us as before. Yet it may be, that there are even richer blessings in the things which make us grieve–than in those which give us gladness. We know at least that the same love sends both. That should be comfort for us. It is always love that comes from God–in whatever form or guise it comes. We need never doubt that this is true, “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.” [Hebrews 12:6]

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“A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns a crafty man.”

~ Prov 12:2

It is certainly worth while to have the Lord’s favor. If we know that he is smiling upon us, we need not much mind what the world thinks. Christ’s commendation sweetens even the bitterest of unjust blame. It was very comforting for Mary when the disciples were finding fault, to have Jesus say, “She has wrought a good work.” This approval healed the hurt the disciples’ unfit words had caused.

A good man obtains God’s favor. A good man is one who loves God and does his will. The Scripture does not say a great man, a rich man, a strong man, a man of rank. If any of these were the qualification required, there would be very many people who never could obtain the divine favor; for not many of us are either great, rich, strong, or noble. The qualification is a “good” man. Goodness is within the reach of all of us. If only we are good, it matters little what our condition in other regards may be.

The other side of this proverb is also instructive: “but the LORD condemns a crafty man.” Again, it is not poverty, nor ignorance, nor commonplace condition, which misses the Lord’s favor–but a bad heart, one full of deceit, scheming, and evil designs against others. If we would have God’s favor–we must keep a sincere and pure heart.

Daily Comfort

“The Lord … who had appeared unto him twice.”

Matthew Henry says: “God keeps account of the gracious visits he makes to us, whether we do or not. He knows how often he has appeared to us, and for us, and will remember it against us, if we turn from him.” Every such gracious visit to us, adds to our responsibility for obedience and holy service.

~ 1 Kings 11:9

When Solomon had seen the Lord in vision, he should have been forever a consecrated man. The eyes which had looked upon the Lord, should never have lusted after earth’s pleasures. The hands which had fashioned a temple for God, should never have built chapels and altars for heathen deities. Solomon’s sins were far greater, because of the special favors God had granted to him. Seeing Christ should set us apart forever for holy living.