Daily Comfort

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

~ Prov 22:1

We cannot be too careful of our good name. Many things, perhaps not morally wrong in themselves, when seen by other and uncharitable eyes; may yet be construed to mean wrong-doing, and may thus hurt one’s good name. There is need, too, of the most delicate moral sense in the regulation of conduct, and the most careful interpretation of duty, lest there be a lowering of tone which shall permit of acts not in accord with the perfect law of right. We cannot hold ourselves too strictly to “whatever things are true, whatever things are of good report.” A name once tarnished, never can be made altogether bright again.

“The fleece that had been by the dyer stained,  
Never again its native whiteness gained.”

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“I have had God’s help to this very day!

~ Acts 26:22

It had been through nearly twenty-five years of hard, toilsome life, that the heroic old apostle had stood, never giving up, never faltering in his confession. But he takes no praise to himself. The help came from God.

Many young people are afraid to set out on a Christian life, fearing they will not be able to be true to the end. Here is the word for all such; they will obtain help from God–for every duty, for every struggle, for every sorrow, which they must endure. They need only to be faithful day by day, doing the day’s duty, and trusting God for grace. The help will come silently, just as it is needed, always sufficient grace–so that they will ever be able to stand.

God never puts a burden upon us–without giving us the strength to carry it. The way to obtain help from him, is to go promptly forward in the way of duty, asking for the help, and sure of getting it. It will not come if we wait to get it before we set out to obey. It will come only as we do God’s will moment by moment.

“But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you!”

~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

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October ,“My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?”

~ Ps 42:2

One may have everything else–riches, honor, human friends, social rank, health, home joys–but if he has not God, all these things fail to make him truly and deeply happy. On the other hand, if we have God we are blessed, though we have nothing else.

A gentleman came home from business heavyhearted. Disaster had overtaken him. Throwing himself into a chair, he said, “Everything is gone. We are beggared. There is nothing left.” His little child, seeing his distress and hearing his words, climbed up on his knee, and said, “Why, papa, you have mamma and me left.” Yes; while such human love remained, was he not still rich? Still more, if everything else is taken, and God and his love remain, are we not rich?

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“The child sat on her lap until noon and then died.” “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said.
~ 2 Kgs 4:20,28

The woman’s thought seems to have been, “It would have been better had I remained as I was, with no voice of love in my home, my heart unfilled with affection, than that I should know and experience the gladness of motherhood for this brief time, and then be robbed of the joy.” No doubt similar thoughts ofttimes come to those who are bereft of friends. In their deep grief, it seems to them that it would have been better if they had never had their friends at all–than to have had them a little while, to have learned to love them so, and to find such blessing in them–and then to lose them!

But Tennyson’s word is far more true:  
‘Tis better to have loved and lost,  
Than never to have loved at all.

Loving itself blesses us. It opens our heart and enriches our life. It teaches us the true meaning of life; for to live truly–is to love.

The taking away of our dear one–does not rob us of the blessings which loving has wrought in us. These we keep forever, though the friend is with us no more. Even if this child had not been restored to the mother in this world, she would still have kept forever the impressions and the influences which the child in its brief, beautiful years had left upon her life.

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“The LORD said to Satan, ”The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!”
~ Zech 3:2

The Lord is the friend of his people, and will not stand by inactive when Satan is plotting against any of them. He is the defender, especially of the defenseless. This characteristic of the divine love, is revealed in all parts of the Scriptures. God is the God of the weak. In the Mosaic laws, definite provision was made for the widow and the orphan. Something was to be left for them when the harvests were gathered. The poor were put under special protection, to shield them from the oppression of the rich and the strong. God’s thought for the poor appeared amid even the detailed laws given for common life.

Every child of God is an object of peculiar divine care. The weakest of his children is safe in his keeping, even amid the greatest dangers. No harm can come to any of them, while nestling in his bosom. We may safely leave our defending in the Lord’s hands, when Satan assails us, and when anyone would do us harm.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”

~ Romans 8:38-39

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!”

~ John 10:28

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“I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, ”Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes!”
~ Neh 4:14

Everyone with a spark of manhood in him–will fight to the death, for his family. We are all so tied up together, that this motive is really present in all our defending of ‘justice’. We must seek the safety of the town in which we live because our family is in it, and peril to the town–is peril to us. We must seek wholesome water supply, good drainage, and clean streets for the town, because our children and friends live there.

Likewise with the moral and religious influences of the community; the welfare of our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, is involved. A man may have no interest in the fight against the saloon; but if the evil is let alone–by and by his own boys may be destroyed by it!

A distinguished man was speaking at the opening of a reformatory for boys, and remarked that if only one boy were saved from ruin–it would pay for all the cost. After the exercises were over, a gentleman asked him if he had not put it too strongly when he said that all the cost of founding such an institution would be repaid–if only one boy should be saved. “If it were MY boy!” was the answer. It is only when we learn to look at all such movements as if we were working for our own–that we do bur best work.

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“He picked up the mantle that had fallen from Elijah.”
~ 2 Kgs 2:13

We are continually seeing useful lives removed from earth. The loss seems irreparable. But there are no accidents in God’s providence. Everyone’s life is a plan of God, and no faithful servant is taken away–until his part in the great plan is finished. There is abundance of work remaining–but it is the work of others, not of him who is gone. His mantle falls at someone’s feet– yours, perhaps.

A godly father dies, and there is grief in the home. How he will be missed! Yes, but an elder son stands by the coffin, strong and gifted, blessed with the blessing of the father’s life and teaching. At his feet the mantle falls from the father’s shoulders. He must take it up, and with it lift the burdens and responsibilities of manhood. He must become now his mother’s protector, and the shelter and defender of his younger brothers and sisters.

A godly mother dies, and when a gentle mother goes out of a home–the loss indeed seems irreparable. But if there is an elder daughter in the sorrowing group at the grave, at her feet the mantle falls.

So it is in all the breaches which death makes in Christian homes and communities, in every case the mantle falls at someone’s feet. God makes provision that his work shall not suffer, unless his servants fail in their duty. We must be ready always to take up what is ours.

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“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak–and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself.”
~ Rom 15:1-3

There are some people who are anointed to be helpers of others–to build them up. Those who have questions or perplexities, those who are seeking light or guidance, turn to them instinctively, with confidence, sure of finding what they seek.

There is need for such helpers. There are questions which books or sermons do not answer; it is a friend that is needed, one who can understand and sympathize. No other ministry to which men are ordained in this world, is so sacred as this, which comes into lives in their deepest experiences, at times when, without wise help, they may be wrecked. There is not one of us who may not be such a helper.

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“Praise be to the Lord! Not one word has failed, of all the wonderful promises He gave!”
~ 1 Kgs 8:56

It is nearly three thousand years since Solomon uttered this testimony; but we can say now, just as confidently as the king did that day, that in all these centuries since not one word of all God’s good promise has failed any one of his people. No one has ever trusted a promise of God–and had that word fail of fulfillment.

The most real and sure things in this world–are the words of God. In every one of them, God’s own almighty hand is gloved. We clutch them–and find ourselves clutched in turn by divinity, out of whose clasp we never can fall, nor be torn away. We lean upon these words–and find ourselves encircled and upborne by the everlasting arms. We pillow our head in weariness or sorrow upon God’s words of love and comfort–and find ourselves drawn close to our Father’s heart, held in his warm bosom, and soothed by his tenderness, which is gentler than a mother’s.

So all through life, in every experience, we may trust the promises of God, and commit all our interests to them, and be assured in our heart that not one of them will ever fail us. We may trust them, too, in death, and we shall find everything just as God has said: the divine presence with us in the valley, dying but a going to be at home, absent from the body at home with the Lord, in eternal blessedness. Not one Word of God can fail.

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“As a man thinks in his heart–so is he.”
~ Prov 23:7

Our thoughts make us. They are the silent builders on the ‘temple of character’ which we are constructing. They give color and form to the whole building. If we think purely and truly, we are rearing up a holy fabric. If our thoughts are evil, the fabric that is rising within us is blemished.

The inner and the outer life will always correspond in the end. A bad heart–will work through to the surface. If a man’s life is righteous, you know his thoughts are holy. Unholy thoughts will never yield righteousness in conduct.

Thoughts seem mere nothings; flecks of cloud flying through the air; flocks of birds flitting by, and gone. But they are the most real things about our life. All things we do–are thoughts first. Our thoughts fly out like birds, and take their place in the world. Then our heart is still their home-nest, where they will return at last to dwell.