Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means.

~ 2 Thess 3:16

The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

~ Ps 29:11

In the heart’s depths a peace serene and holy

Abides, and when pain seems to have its will,

Or we despair,—oh, may that peace rise slowly,

Stronger than agony, and we be still.

~ S. JOHNSON

But if a man ought and is willing to lie still under God’s hand, he must and ought also to lie still under all things, whether they come from God, himself, or the creatures, nothing excepted. And he who would be obedient, resigned, and submissive to God, must and ought to be also resigned, obedient, and submissive to all things, in a spirit of yielding, and not of resistance; and take them in silence, resting on the hidden foundations of his soul, and having a secret inward patience, that enableth him to take all chances or crosses willingly; and, whatever befalleth, neither to call for nor desire any redress, or deliverance, or resistance, or revenge, but always in a loving, sincere humility to cry, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

~ THEOLOGIA GERMANICA

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Am I my brother’s keeper?

~ Gen 4:9

Because I held upon my selfish, road,

And left my brother wounded by the way,

And called ambition duty, and pressed on—

O Lord, I do repent.

—SARAH WILLIAMS.

How many are the sufferers who have fallen amongst misfortunes along the wayside of life! “By chance” we come that way; chance, accident, Providence, has thrown them in our way; we see them from a distance, like the Priest, or we come upon them suddenly, like the Levite; our business, our pleasure, is interrupted by the sight, is troubled by the delay; what are our feelings, what our actions towards them? “Who is thy neighbor?” It is the sufferer, wherever, whoever, whatsoever he be. Wherever thou hearest the cry of distress, wherever thou seest any one brought across thy path by the chances and changes of life (that is, by the Providence of God), whom it is in thy power to help,—he, stranger or enemy though he be,—he is thy neighbor.

—A. P. STANLEY.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it.

~ Phil 1:6

He that endureth to the end shall be saved.

~ Matt 10:22

Fill with inviolable peace;

Stablish and keep my settled heart;

In Thee may all my wanderings cease,

From Thee no more may I depart:

Thy utmost goodness called to prove,

Loved with an everlasting love!

~ C. WESLEY

If any sincere Christian cast himself with his whole will upon the Divine Presence which dwells within him, he shall be kept safe unto the end. What is it that makes us unable to persevere? Is it want of strength? By no means. We have with us the strength of the Holy Spirit. When did we ever set ourselves sincerely to any work according to the will of God, and fail for want of strength? It was not that strength failed the will, but that the will failed first. If we could but embrace the Divine will with the whole love of ours; cleaving to it, and holding fast by it, we should be borne along as upon “the river of the water of life.” We open only certain chambers of our will to the influence of the Divine will. We are afraid of being wholly absorbed into it. And yet, if we would have peace, we must be altogether united to Him.

~ H. E. MANNING

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

~ Ps 121:1

My grace is sufficient for thee.

~ Cor 12:9

I look to Thee in every need,

And never look in vain;

I feel Thy touch, Eternal Love,

And all is well again:

The thought of Thee is mightier far

Than sin and pain and sorrow are.

~ S. LONGFELLOW

How can you live sweetly amid the vexatious things, the irritating things, the multitude of little worries and frets, which lie all along your way, and which you cannot evade? You cannot at present change your surroundings. Whatever kind of life you are to live, must be lived amid precisely the experiences in which you are now moving. Here you must win your victories or suffer your defeats. No restlessness or discontent can change your lot. Others may have other circumstances surrounding them, but here are yours. You had better make up your mind to accept what you cannot alter. You can live a beautiful life in the midst of your present circumstances.

~ J. R. MILLER

Strive to realize a state of inward happiness, independent of circumstances.

—J. P. GREAVES

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

~ Gal 5:1

I believed, and therefore have I spoken.

~ 2 Cor 4:13

They are slaves who fear to speak

For the fallen and the weak;

They are slaves who will not choose

Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,

Rather than in silence shrink

From the truth they needs must think;

They are slaves who dare not be

In the right with two or three.

~ J. R. LOWELL

The real corrupters of society may be, not the corrupt, but those who have held back the righteous leaven, the salt that has lost its savor, the innocent who have not even the moral courage to show what they think of the effrontery of impurity,—the serious, who yet timidly succumb before some loud-voiced scoffer,—the heart trembling all over with religious sensibilities that yet suffers itself through false shame to be beaten down into outward and practical acquiescence by some rude and worldly nature.

~ J. H. THOM

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

When He giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?

~ Job 34:29

None of these things move me.

~ Acts 20:24

I’ve many a cross to take up now,

And many left behind;

But present troubles move me not,

Nor shake my quiet mind.

And what may be to-morrow’s cross

I never seek to find;

My Father says, “Leave that to me,

And keep a quiet mind.”

~ ANON

Let us then think only of the present, and not even permit our minds to wander with curiosity into the future. This future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. It is exposing ourselves to temptation to wish to anticipate God, and to prepare ourselves for things which He may not destine for us. If such things should come to pass, He will give us light and strength according to the need. Why should we desire to meet difficulties prematurely, when we have neither strength nor light as yet provided for them? Let us give heed to the present, whose duties are pressing; it is fidelity to the present which prepares us for fidelity in the future.

~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON

Every hour comes with some little fagot of God’s will fastened upon its back.

~ F. W. FABER.

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.