Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

— Heb 2:1 NET

Light human nature is too lightly lost
And ruffled without cause, complaining on,
Restless with rest, until being overthrown,
It learneth to lie quiet.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Was the trial sore?
Temptation sharp? Thank God a second time!
Why comes temptation but for a man to meet
And master and make crouch beneath his foot,
And so be pedestaled in triumph? Pray
“Lead us into no such temptations, Lord!”
Yea, but, O thou whose servants are the bold,
Lead such temptations by the head and hair,
Reluctant dragons, up to who dares fight
That so he may do battle and have praise.
— Robert Browning

Almighty God, if I am overwhelmed by the tides of temptation and discouragement, let me not drift away to sea, but anchor and take harbor in thee. May I not be afraid to trust in thy protection, but calmly wait and watch for thy deliverance. Amen.

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:… ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

— Rev 2:10

Then, O my soul, be ne’er afraid,
On Him who thee and all things made
Do thou all calmly rest;
Whate’er may come, where’er we go,
Our Father in the heavens must know
In all things what is best.

—PAUL FLEMMING

Guide me, O Lord, in all the changes and varieties of the world; that in all things that shall happen, I may have an evenness and tranquillity of spirit; that my soul may be wholly resigned to Thy divinest will and pleasure, never murmuring at Thy gentle chastisements and fatherly correction. Amen.

—JEREMY TAYLOR

Thou art never at any time nearer to God than when under tribulation; which He permits for the purification and beautifying of thy soul

—M. DE MOLINOS.

Prize inward exercises, griefs, and troubles; and let faith and patience have their perfect work in them.

—I. PENINGTON

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

I will arise and go to my Father. — Luke 15:18 WEB

O my God, my Father! hear,
And help me to believe;
Weak and weary I draw near;
Thy child, O God, receive.
I so oft have gone astray;
To the perfect Guide I flee;
Thou wilt turn me not away,
Thy love is pledged to me.
—HYMNS OF THE SPIRIT

O child, hast thou fallen? arise, and go, with childlike trust, to thy Father, like the prodigal son, and humbly say, with heart and mouth, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son; make me as one of Thy hired servants.” And what will thy heavenly Father do but what that father did in the parable? Assuredly He will not change His essence, which is love, for the sake of thy misdoings. Is it not His own precious treasure, and a small thing with Him to forgive thee thy trespasses, if thou believe in Him? for His hand is not shortened that it cannot make thee fit to be saved.
—JOHN TAULER

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Where hast thou gleaned to-day?

~ Ruth 2:19

What have I learnt where’er I’ve been,

From all I’ve heard, from all I’ve seen?

What know I more that’s worth the knowing?

What have I done that’s worth the doing?

What have I sought that I should shun?

What duties have I left undone?

~ PYTHAGORAS

All of this world will soon have passed away. But God will remain, and thou, whatever thou hast become, good or bad. Thy deeds now are the seed-corn of eternity. Each single act, in each several day, good or bad, is a portion of that seed. Each day adds some line, making thee more or less like Him, more or less capable of His love.

~ E. B. PUSEY

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Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. — Prov 29:25

I will cry unto God most high; unto God, that performeth all things for me. — Ps 57:2

Only thy restless heart keep still,
And wait in cheerful hope; content
To take whate’er His gracious will,
His all-discerning love hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.
—G. NEUMARK.

God has brought us into this time; He, and not ourselves or some dark demon. If we are not fit to cope with that which He has prepared for us, we should have been utterly unfit for any condition that we imagine for ourselves. In this time we are to live and wrestle, and in no other. Let us humbly, tremblingly, manfully look at it, and we shall not wish that the sun could go back its ten degrees, or that we could go back with it. If easy times are departed, it is that the difficult times may make us more in earnest; that they may teach us not to depend upon ourselves. If easy belief is impossible, it is that we may learn what belief is, and in whom it is to be placed.
—F. D. MAURICE.

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. — Prov 3:6 WEB

He leadeth me. — Ps 23:2 WEB

In “pastures green”? Not always; sometimes He
Who knoweth best, in kindness leadeth me
In weary ways, where heavy shadows be.

So, whether on the hill-tops high and fair
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where
The shadows lie, what matter? He is there.
—HENRY H. BARRY.

The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for his sheep, and they must not question nor doubt, but trustingly follow Him. Perhaps He sees that the best pastures for some of us are to be found in the midst of opposition or of earthly trials. If He leads you there, you may be sure they are green for you, and you will grow and be made strong by feeding there. Perhaps He sees that the best waters for you to walk beside will be raging waves of trouble and sorrow. If this should be the case, He will make them still waters for you, and you must go and lie down beside them, and let them have all their blessed influences upon you.
—H. W. SMITH.

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I will bless the Lord, who bath given me counsel. — Ps 16:7 WEB

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. — Rom 12:11 WEB

Mine be the reverent, listening love
That waits all day on Thee,
With the service of a watchful heart
Which no one else can see.
—A. L. WARING.

Nothing is small or great in God’s sight; whatever He wills becomes great to us, however seemingly trifling, and if once the voice of conscience tells us that He requires anything of us, we have no right to measure its importance. On the other hand, whatever He would not have us do, however important we may think it, is as nought to us.

How do you know what you may lose by neglecting this duty, which you think so trifling, or the blessing which its faithful performance may bring? Be sure that if you do your very best in that which is laid upon you daily, you will not be left without sufficient help when some weightier occasion arises. Give yourself to Him, trust Him, fix your eye upon Him, listen to His voice, and then go on bravely and cheerfully.
—JEAN NICOLAS GROU.