Daily Comfort

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me! But He said to me–My grace is sufficient for you—for My power is made perfect in your weakness!”

~ 2 Cor 12:8
Many prayers which seem to be unanswered–are really answered. The blessing comes–but in a form we do not recognize. Instead of the very thing we sought–something better is given!
The burden is not lifted away–but we are sustained beneath it.

We are not spared the suffering–but in the suffering we are brought nearer to God, and receive more of His grace.

The sorrow is not taken away–but is changed to joy.

Our ignorant prayers are taken into the hands of the great Intercessor, and are answered in ways far wiser than our thought!

Instead of earthly trifles–heavenly riches!

Instead of things which our poor wisdom sought–things God’s infinite wisdom chose for us!

Instead of pleasure for a day–gain for eternity!

Daily Word of God

The True Vine

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman 

~ John 15:1

This is a wonderful Vine. It grew up at first like “a root out of a dry ground, with no form nor comeliness.” The soil in which it was planted seemed too poor to produce anything good. But its origin was heavenly, and it grew into luxuriant beauty. By-and-by it seemed that men in their rage had altogether destroyed this Vine, which had in it so much blessing for the earth; however, it was not destroyed, but was only lifted away from earth and transplanted to heaven. There in the garden of God its roots were fixed, and the Vine itself dropped down to earth again, and began to send out branches in all directions. Every poor little human life which attaches itself to this Vine is grafted on it and becomes a branch in it, drawing life from the Vine’s fullness, and sharing its fruitfulness.

These branches are not left to grow wild and untended, but have wise and skilful care. It ought to be a great comfort to us to know that as branches we are under the culture of a husbandman who is none other than our heavenly Father: “Your Father is the husbandman.” We are very sure that His care will be both wise and tender. If an ignorant, inexperienced, unskillful man were to enter a beautiful vineyard and begin cutting away at the vines, he would soon destroy them. He does not know what he ought to prune off, or what he ought to leave on the vine.

But if the man who comes to tend the vineyard understands vines, and has had long experience and is skilful, there is no danger that he will do harm in his pruning. Sometimes, indeed, He may seem to be cutting the vine to death; but we know that He understands what He is doing, and that all His prunings are for the good of the branches. By-and-by we shall see increased fruitfulness as the result of His unsparing work.

Today With God

This beginning of miracles did Jesus,… and manifested forth His glory.

~ John 2:11

It is said that in doing this beginning of His signs, Jesus “manifested” His glory. The glory was there before, the power to the great things, but not till now was it revealed, manifested, put forth. It is said that He “manifested His Glory.” Glory means power, brightness. This glory seems here to have been only simple kindness. A host, in the midst of his wedding feast, discovered that the wine had run out. We can imagine his dismay and his embarrassment. How could he explain it to his guests? No man wants to seem mean on the occasion of his wedding. Then Jesus came to His friend’s relief and used His “glory,” His divine power, to change the water into wine.

The glory of Christ was shown as truly in the smallest words of comfort, in taking little children in His arms and blessing them, as it was in His raising the widow’s son or Lazarus. So we show just as much love in doing the commonest kindness as if we were to do some great thing.

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.”

Daily Word of God

Behold the Lamb of God

We would see Jesus. 

~  John 12:21

These men had heard of Jesus, but they wanted to see Him for themselves. It does not do for us to see Jesus only through other people’s eyes. No matter how vividly they may portray His beauty before us, this is not the seeing that blesses us and prints His image on our souls. We must behold Him for ourselves. In those terrible days in the ancient camp when the people were bitten and the brazen image of a serpent was set up, a mother could not look for her child, nor a friend for a friend. It is so in beholding Christ. No one can behold Him for another.

It is through seeing Christ that all spiritual blessings come to us. When we are burdened with sin, we are pointed to the Lamb of God that taketh away sin. When we seek to grow better, we are exhorted to behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, and thus be transformed into His image. When we ask for a model for our life, we are told to look unto Jesus. Many a fleeing slave, by simply keeping his eye fixed on a star, was led away from bondage to liberty. Keeping our eye on Christ will lead us from chains to glory.

These Greeks came to a disciple and asked him to introduce them to Jesus. What nobler service can we render in this world than that of introducing people to Jesus? To do this we must know Him well ourselves. But let no one think that he really needs any one to introduce him to Jesus. A little child was dying, and she said she was not afraid to die; but she wished her mamma could go with her to introduce her to Jesus. “For you know, mamma,” said the little one, “I was always afraid of strangers.” But no one will find Jesus a stranger; He loves to be sought, and to have people want to see Him, and He is always glad to reveal Himself to every seeker. He is not hard to find; He is near all the while, and we really need no one to take us to Him.

Daily Comfort

“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

Mornings With God

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.

~ 1 Pet 5:5

Perhaps there is special need for this counsel in these days. Nothing is more beautiful than to see young persons attentive and respectful to the old. It may not be easy to take slow steps with an infirm aged person, but the time lost in the journey is well spent.

Max O’Rell somewhere has a word about the attention of a daughter to her father. He speaks of it as one of the most beautiful things one sees, and perhaps as rare as beautiful. Mothers get a great deal more attention from their children than fathers do. That is well – they deserve it; but fathers, too, hunger for love and for kindness from their children, and it is well worthwhile for a bright girl or a happy boy to give a tired father a measure of care and attention now and then.

Humility is the keynote of this chapter. The young are exhorted to be the subject to the elder.

We are all exhorted to gird ourselves with humility; then we are to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

Today With God

Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves.

~ 1 Pet 4:8

We call John the Apostle of Love, but the other New Testament writers give equal emphasis to the duty of Christian love. The most wonderful chapter ever written in order to extol love is by Paul – the matchless thirteenth of First Corinthians.

Then Peter also exhorts that “above all things,” that is, even above prayer, we are to be fervent in our love among ourselves, for love covereth a multitude of sins. That is, love overlooks even a multitude of faults and flecks and sins in others.

This lesson cannot be repeated too often. We do not naturally love people – it is something we have to learn to do. If Paul’s definition is to be regarded as the standard, most of us have a good deal yet to learn about loving before we reach it. Peter also makes the lesson strong, exhorting us to be fervent – that is, warm, tender, affectionate in our loving of each other.

The only way to get such Christian love into our lives is to let Christ’s own love into our hearts.

Today With God

Her sins, which are many, are forgiven.

~ Luke 7:47

The love of Christ has power to change the worst sinner into the whitest saint. The woman we see wetting the feet of Jesus with her tears, and anointing them with ointment, was a poor outcast a little while ago.

One writer represents her as going along the street that day in her gay attire, and getting a glimpse of Jesus through the window of the house where He was being entertained by the Pharisee. That look shrivelled her to nothingness; her old self was dead and gone forever.

The same instant a new woman sprang up in her, in place of the old, and a moment later she was at the feet of her Saviour. Her tears told of her penitence. Her ointment, costly and fragrant, told of honor, of love, and gratitude. It represented her best – all she had she gave to Him who had rescued her. It was what was left of the old life, and she gave it to her new Master.

We all need the blessing, which this woman got, and we can get it if we come with penitence to Christ’s feet.

Daily Comfort

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?