Devotional

Behold, thou art fair, my Beloved.
~ Song 1:16

From every point, our Well-beloved is most beautiful. Our various experiences are meant to furnish fresh viewpoints from which we may consider the loveliness of Jesus!

How amiable are our trials when they carry us aloft where we may gain clearer views of Jesus, than ordinary life could afford us! We have seen Him from the languishing of a sick bed, from the borders of the grave we have turned our eyes to our soul’s spouse, and He has never been otherwise than “all beauteous.” Many of His saints have looked upon Him from the gloom of dungeons, and from the red flames of the stake yet they have never uttered a bad word about Him but have died extolling His surpassing charms! Oh, noble and pleasant employment to be forever gazing at our sweet Lord Jesus!

Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Savior in all His offices, and to perceive Him matchless in each, to shift the kaleidoscope, as it were and to find fresh combinations of His peerless graces?

In the manger and in eternity; on the cross and on His throne; in the garden and in His kingdom; among thieves or in the midst of cherubim He is everywhere altogether lovely!

Examine carefully every little act of His life, and every trait of His character, and He is as lovely in the minute as in the majestic. Judge Him as you will—you cannot censure! Weigh Him as you please and He will not be found lacking. Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our Beloved! But rather, as countless ages revolve, His hidden glories shall shine forth with yet more inconceivable splendor!

Jesus Calling

I, THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, am with you and for you. What more could you need? When you feel some lack, it is because you are not connecting with Me at a deep level. I offer abundant Life; your part is to trust Me, refusing to worry about anything.

It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of a situation, to bring about the result you desire. Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My Presence. Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord! 
[ROMANS 8:31–32; MICAH 7:7; 1 CORINTHIANS 12:3]

YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO WORRY-THOUGHTS roaming freely in your brain, so you must train yourself to bring all your cares into My Presence. Remember that you are never alone in your struggles: I am always aware of you and your circumstances. I can help you because I have all authority in heaven and on earth.

Let [God] have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 
~ 1 PETER 5:7 [TLB]

Jesus came and spoke to [the disciples], saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” 
MATTHEW 28:18 [NKJV]

Before You Turn Out the Light:
If your mind and heart have wandered today, give yourself grace, and return to Me now.

Daily Word of God

Good Things from God

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him

~ Matt 7:11

No father will answer his hungry childs’s cry for bread with a stone, or give the child a serpent if he asks for a fish. Even sinful parents have in their hearts something of the image of God’s own fatherhood. The argument is from the less to the greater. If a true earthly father, with all his imperfection, will not mock a child’s cry, but will respond lovingly, how much more will our Father in heaven do for us?

“How much more?” is a question none can answer. We can only say as much more as the heavenly Father is more loving, and wiser, and more able to give, than is the earthly father. Yet we must explain this promise also by other scriptures. The gate of prayer is set very wide open in this verse, yet those who would enter must come in the right way and seek “good” things.

While no one who asks for bread will receive a stone, neither will one who asks for a stone receive a stone. And many times do we come to God pleading with Him to let us have a stone. Of course we imagine it is bread, and that it will be food to us. It is some earthly thing, some gift of honour or pleasure, some achievement of ambition, some object of heart desire. It looks like bread to our deluded vision. But God knows it is only a cold stone, that it would leave us starving if we were to receive it; and He loves us too well to listen to our piteous cries for it, or to be moved by our earnestness or our tears to give it to us. When we ask for a stone He will give us bread. Thus it is that many requests for earthly things are not granted. Yet the prayers are not unanswered. Instead of the stone we wish, God gives us the bread we need. We do not always know what is bread and what is a stone, and we must leave to God the final decision in all our prayers.

God is Good

Yet I am confident I will see the LORD ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
~ Psalm 27:13 [NLT]

Know that God desires to show you His goodness in this present moment. Eternity starts when we accept Jesus into our lives. We don’t have to wait for the end of our lives to know that our God is good. Pray that He opens your eyes in new ways to the beauty He provides us everyday.

Our Daily Walk

The Voice Of God In Nature And Revelation

The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

~ Ps 19:1

Verses (Psa 19:1-6): Those whose hearts are in tune with God can hear voices in Nature which are inaudible to the ordinary man. The poet Blake says: “When the morning sun ascends the eastern sky, you may behold only a light yellow disc, whereas I shall see and hear the infinite multitude of the heavenly host, crying, Holy, Holy, Holy!” Yet, though there is no speech nor language, is it not true that “their words are gone forth to the end of the world”? There is no nation of men that has not heard the voice of Nature speaking of God (Act 14:16-17; Rom 1:20-21).

In Psa 19:7-11 the Psalmist describes the effect of the Word of God when the Spirit of Truth works through it and by it on the soul. There are many ways of reading the Bible—as a history, as a revelation of man’s gropings after God, as a piece of great literature; but the best way is to ask the Divine Spirit to make it a medium through which He may approach our innermost nature. Listen to God’s voice speaking within you. Be still, that you may hear. The Spirit searches into the deep things of God, and reveals them to our spirit (1Co 2:10). All that God has ever said or been to others, He will say and be to you, if only your heart is lowly and contrite. “Speak to me, Lord, by Prophet and Psalmist, by lyric and prose, by narrative and appeal. Speak through Thy Word to restore my soul, to rejoice my heart, and to enlighten mine eyes!” When to the quiet and waiting soul God uses His own Word thus, it is more to be desired than fine gold, and is sweeter than the taste of honey from the comb.

The effect of God’s Word, when used by the Holy Spirit, is very remarkable (Psa 19:11-14). It convinces of sin. Just as linen is shown to be discoloured against freshly-fallen snow, so we realise our errors and cry to be cleansed from hidden and secret sins.

David knew little of the glory and wonder of the Cross, where God spared not His own Son, but in Him stooped to reconcile man to Himself. The starry heavens, telling of the glory of God, and even the Law itself, are not able to tell us what the Cross of Jesus does, of Love that matched itself against hate, and of Grace that would not be turned away by human sin.

Prayer

I pray Thee, gracious Lord, that I may not miss any of those lessons which Thou art desirous of teaching me by Thy Spirit, Thy Word, and Thy Providence. Amen.

Daily Treasure

United Prayer

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

~ Matt 18:20

Where two or three with sweet accord,  
Obedient to their sovreign Lord,  
Meet to recount his acts of grace,  
And offer solemn prayer and praise;  
There, saith the Savior, will I be  
Amid the little company.