Hold Of Divine Strength
thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon
one that is mighty. Ps. 89:19.
Lord loves you. The Lord is of tender compassion. His promise is, “Draw
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). When the enemy
comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up for you a standard
against him. Bear in mind that Jesus Christ is your hope. In the sad, discouraging
things that shall come to you at any time, Christ says to you, “Let
him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall
make peace with me” (Isa. 27:5).
Your work is to take hold of the strength that is as firm as is the eternal
throne. Believe in God. Trust in Him. Be cheerful under all circumstances.
Although you may have trials, know that Christ suffered these afflicting things
in behalf of His heritage. Nothing is as dear to the Lord as His church. The
Lord looks at the heart. He knows who are His. The Lord will test and prove
every soul that lives. “Many shall be purified, and made white, and
tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand;
but the wise shall understand” (Dan. 12:10). . . .
Let those who love God and are doers of His word sing praise and thanksgiving
rather than speak words of accusing and faultfinding and murmuring. The Lord
will bless those who make for peace. . . .
Trust in the Lord. Let not the feelings, the speeches, or the attitude of
any human agent depress you. Be careful that in words or act you do not give
others any opportunity to obtain the advantage in hurting you. Keep looking
unto Jesus. He is your strength. By beholding Jesus you will become changed
into His likeness. He will be the health of your countenance and your God.
. . .
The church needs you, and you need to soften and subdue your own feelings
for Christ’s sake. He wants you to have His Holy Spirit to work you.
Then you may impart life and comfort to the church. Let your words be well
chosen that you may be a real blessing to the church. Do not afflict your
souls over the inconsistencies of others. Take yourselves in hand, and be
consistent in all things.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 242.