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
Mind The Checks
And after the earthquake a fire; and after the fire a sound of gentle stillness
~ 1 Kgs 19:12
A soul, who made rapid progress in her understanding of the Lord, was once asked the secret of her easy advancement. She replied tersely, “Mind the checks.” And the reason that many of us do not know and better understand Him is, we do not give heed to His gentle checks, His delicate restraints and constraints. His is a still, small voice. A still voice can hardly be heard. It must be felt. A steady, gentle pressure upon the heart and mind like the touch of a morning zephyr to your face. A small voice, quietly, almost timidly spoken in your heart, but if heeded growing noiselessly clearer to your inner ear. His voice is for the ear of love, and love is intent upon hearing even faintest whispers. There comes a time also when love ceases to speak if not responded to, or believed in. He is love, and if you would know Him and His voice, give constant ear to His gentle touches. In conversation, when about to utter some word, give heed to that gentle voice, mind the check and refrain from speech. When about to pursue some course that seems all clear and right and there comes quietly to your spirit a suggestion that has in it the force almost of a conviction, give heed, even if changed plans seem highest folly from standpoint of human wisdom. Learn also to wait on God for the unfolding of His will. Let God form your plans about everything in your mind and heart and then let Him execute them. Do not possess any wisdom of your own. For many times His execution will seem so contradictory to the plan He gave. He will seem to work against Himself. Simply listen, obey and trust God even when it seems highest folly so to do. He will in the end make “all things work together,” but so many times in the first appearance of the outworking of His plans,
“In His own world He is content
To play a losing game.”
So if you would know His voice, never consider results or possible effects. Obey even when He asks you to move in the dark. He Himself will be gloriously light in you. And there will spring up rapidly in your heart an acquaintanceship and a fellowship with God which will be overpowering in itself to hold you and Him together, even in severest testings and under most terrible pressures.
~ Way of Faith
THE REVELATION THAT’S FOREVER RELEVANT
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
God’s Word, the Bible, has been translated into more languages, printed in more sizes, and published in more editions than any other volume in history. Yet its content has never changed or become irrelevant. Its truth is as needed today as when it was first given centuries ago.
W. Graham Scroggie offers this insight into the enduring character of God’s Word.
WALK WITH W. GRAHAM SCROGGIE
“This truly is the Word of God which lives and abides forever. It does not need our apologies and our special pleading. Give it a chance, and it will demonstrate its own character and its own power.
“This is the light by which millions have found their way to the shining home among the delectable mountains. This is the star which has guided mariners on stormy seas throughout the ages.
“This is the weapon with which the Christian soldier has fought his battles to glorious victory. This is the compass which has guided men in darkness and distress. This is the Book on which many a saintly Christian has laid down his head as on a pillow in the last moments of life, whispering some psalm of Scripture.
“There need be no panic. This is the rock of all ages, and those built on it are as eternal as God.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Timothy’s education in the Scriptures began when he was only a child (see ), literally at the knee of his mother and grandmother (see ).
What can even young children learn from such exposure? They can learn “teaching” (truth about God), “rebuking” (truth about error), “correcting” (getting back on the right track) and “training in righteousness” (continuing education in the faith).
Build your life on the Word of God, and you—like Timothy—will find an unshakable foundation for this life and the next.