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Rest In The Lord Jesus

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Perhaps you are in need of some comfort, some word of encouragement as you go through a tough time in your life. I offer you these beautiful words from Spurgeon, to lift your heart and your understanding to draw you closer into the Lord Jesus and to rest yourself in Him knowing that your life is in the only Best Hands there are.

MORNING:

“The Lord our God hath shewed us his glory.”
— Deuteronomy 5:24

God’s great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man’s eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has too high an estimate of his own powers, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why he bringeth his people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when he comes forth to work their deliverance. He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as he did his servant Moses, that you might behold his glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of his glory in his wonderful dealings with you.

EVENING:

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench.”
— Matthew 12:20

What is weaker than the bruised reed or the smoking flax? A reed that groweth in the fen or marsh, let but the wild duck light upon it, and it snaps; let but the foot of man brush against it, and it is bruised and broken; every wind that flits across the river moves it to and fro. You can conceive of nothing more frail or brittle, or whose existence is more in jeopardy, than a bruised reed. Then look at the smoking flax-what is it? It has a spark within it, it is true, but it is almost smothered; an infant’s breath might blow it out; nothing has a more precarious existence than its flame. Weak things are here described, yet Jesus says of them, “The smoking flax I will not quench; the bruised reed I will not break.” Some of God’s children are made strong to do mighty works for him; God has his Samsons here and there who can pull up Gaza’s gates, and carry them to the top of the hill; he has a few mighties who are lion-like men, but the majority of his people are a timid, trembling race. They are like starlings, frightened at every passer by; a little fearful flock. If temptation comes, they are taken like birds in a snare; if trial threatens, they are ready to faint; their frail skiff is tossed up and down by every wave, they are drifted along like a sea bird on the crest of the billows-weak things, without strength, without wisdom, without foresight. Yet, weak as they are, and because they are so weak, they have this promise made specially to them. Herein is grace and graciousness! Herein is love and lovingkindness! How it opens to us the compassion of Jesus-so gentle, tender, considerate! We need never shrink back from his touch. We need never fear a harsh word from him; though he might well chide us for our weakness, he rebuketh not. Bruised reeds shall have no blows from him, and the smoking flax no damping frowns.

Originally posted 2011-07-19 19:12:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 comments to Rest In The Lord Jesus

  • Diane

    Beautiful encouragement…beautiful white rose.
    Thanks dear sister. Thanking God for my rough road.

    • Hello sis :-D
      Thank you for your comment.

      “Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you”

      Very strong, direct words written with utter clarity of one who has experienced this first-hand methinks.

      Praise God you can thank Him for it…
      Bless you

  • Diane

    Well, I want to thank Him…because I want to trust Him. I don’t succeed in thanking Him for my road as I should. A lot of times I grieve and cry and shout- why. By the end of the day, any thanking I may have done in the morning fades into complaining and doubt by evening.

    He gives grace for every day, one rough road day at a time. His grace is more than enough to say to me–rely on Me and My strength through this day and I will see you through it. Tomorrow we will do it all over again, because I will not leave you.

    Precious grace of God. It surrounds us and comforts us.

    Love you, Steph!

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