his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day
and night. Ps. 1:2.
last thought at night, your first thought in the morning, should be of Him
in whom is centered your hope of eternal life.
Many seem to begrudge moments spent in meditation, and the searching of the
Scriptures, and prayer, as though the time thus occupied was lost. I wish
you could all view these things in the light God would have you; for you would
then make the kingdom of heaven of the first importance. . . . As exercise
increases the appetite, and gives strength and healthy vigor to the body,
so will devotional exercises bring an increase of grace and spiritual vigor.
The affections should center upon God. Contemplate His greatness, His mercy
and excellences. Let His goodness and love and perfection of character captivate
your heart. Converse upon His divine charms, and the heavenly mansions He
is preparing for the faithful. He whose conversation is in heaven, is the
most profitable Christian to all around him. His words are useful and refreshing.
They have a transforming power upon those who hear them.
There is constant need of private communion with God. We must take in the
spirit of Christ if we would impart it to others. We cannot meet satanic and
human agencies combined unless we spend much time in intercourse with the
Source of all strength. There are times when we should get away from the sounds
of earthly toil and human voices, and in retired places listen to the voice
of Jesus. Thus we may taste of His love and imbibe His spirit. Thus we shall
learn to crucify self. This course of action may seem impossible to the human
mind. “I have not time,” you may say. But when you consider the
matter as it really is, you lose no time; for when you secure the power and
grace that come alone from God, you do not accomplish the work. It is Jesus
who is the real worker. “Without me,” says Christ, “ye can
do nothing.” John 15:5. . . . Reflection and earnest prayer will inspire
to holy endeavor.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 98.