Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I made haste, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments.

~ Ps 119:60

Ye know not what shall be on the morrow.

~ Jas 4:14

Never delay

To do the duty which the hour brings,

Whether it be in great or smaller things;

For who doth know

What he shall do the coming day?

~ ANON

It is quite impossible that an idle, floating spirit can ever look up with clear eye to God; spreading its miserable anarchy before the symmetry of the creative Mind; in the midst of a disorderly being, that has neither centre nor circumference, kneeling beneath the glorious sky, that everywhere has both; and for a life that is all failure, turning to the Lord of the silent stars, of whose punctual thought it is, that “not one faileth.” The heavens, with their everlasting faithfulness, look down on no sadder contradiction, than the sluggard and the slattern in their prayers.

~ J. MARTINEAU

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

~ Prov 3:6

He leadeth me.

~ Ps 23:2

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

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His–ways past finding out!

~ Rom 11:33

It doth not yet appear what we shall be.

~ 1 John 3:2

No star is ever lost we once have seen,

We always may be what we might have been.

Since Good, though only thought, has life and breath,

God’s life—can always be redeemed from death;

And evil, in its nature, is decay,

And any hour can blot it all away;

The hopes that lost in some far distance seem,

May be the truer life, and this the dream.

~ A. A. PROCTER

St. Bernard has said: “Man, if thou desirest a noble and holy life, and unceasingly prayest to God for it, if thou continue constant in this thy desire, it will be granted unto thee without fail, even if only in the day or hour of thy death; and if God should not give it to thee then, thou shalt find it in Him in eternity: of this be assured.” Therefore do not relinquish your desire, though it be not fulfilled immediately, or though ye may swerve from your aspirations, or even forget them for a time…. The love and aspiration which once really existed live forever before God, and in Him ye shall find the fruit thereof; that is, to all eternity it shall be better for you than if you had never felt them.

~ J. TAULER

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.

~ Gal 6:10

Let brotherly love continue.

~ Heb 13:1

I Ask Thee for a thoughtful love,

Through constant watching wise,

To meet the glad with joyful smiles,

And to wipe the weeping eyes,

And a heart at leisure from itself,

To soothe and sympathize.

~ A. L. WARING

Surely none are so full of cares, or so poor in gifts, that to them also, waiting patiently and trustfully on God for His daily commands, He will not give direct ministry for Him, increasing according to their strength and their desire. There is so much to be set right in the world, there are so many to be led and helped and comforted, that we must continually come in contact with such in our daily life. Let us only take care, that, by the glance being turned inward, or strained onward, or lost in vacant reverie, we do not miss our turn of service, and pass by those to whom we might have been sent on an errand straight from God.

~ ELIZABETH CHARLES

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand.

~ EDWARD E. HALE

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou guest.

~ Gen 28:15

Be quiet, soul:

Why shouldst thou care and sadness borrow,

Why sit in nameless fear and sorrow,

The livelong day?

God will mark out thy path to-morrow

In His best way.

~ ANON

I had hoped, Madame, to find you here, and was rejoicing in that hope; but God has sent you elsewhere. The best place is wherever He puts us, and any other would be undesirable, all the worse because it would please our fancy, and would be of our own choice. Do not think about distant events. This uneasiness about the future is unwholesome for you. We must leave to God all that depends on Him, and think only of being faithful in all that depends upon ourselves. When God takes away that which He has given you, He knows well how to replace it, either through other means or by Himself.

~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

~ John 9:4

Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task?

~ Exod 5:14

He who intermits

The appointed task and duties of the day

Untunes full oft the pleasures of the day;

Checking the finer spirits that refuse

To flow, when purposes are lightly changed.

~ W. WORDSWORTH

By putting off things beyond their proper times, one duty treads upon the heels of another, and all duties are felt as irksome obligations,—a yoke beneath which we fret and lose our peace. In most cases the consequence of this is, that we have no time to do the work as it ought to be done. It is therefore done precipitately, with eagerness, with a greater desire simply to get it done, than to do it well, and with very little thought of God throughout.

~ F. W. FABER

Sufficient for each day is the good thereof, equally as the evil. We must do at once, and with our might, the merciful deed that our hand findeth to do,—else it will never be done, for the hand will find other tasks, and the arrears fall through. And every unconsummated good feeling, every unfulfilled purpose that His spirit has prompted, shall one day charge us as faithless and recreant before God.

~ J. H. THOM

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