Day: July 8, 2011

All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers 

Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . —Matthew 7:13-14

If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult.  The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome.  Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His highest—our best for His glory?

Divine Sympathy!

John MacDuff 90x115by John MacDuff

"I know their sorrows!" Exodus 3:7

These are God’s own words! Man cannot say so. There are many sensitive fibers in the soul, which the best and tenderest human sympathy cannot touch. But the Prince of Sufferers, He who led the way in the path of sorrow, "knows our frame."

When crushing bereavement lies like ice on the heart–when the dearest earthly friend cannot enter into the peculiarities of our grief–Jesus can! Jesus does! He who once bore my sins–also carried my sorrows. That eye, now on the throne–was once dim with weeping!