Day: January 11, 2012

Sand or Seed

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“Faith as a grain of mustard seed.” Matthew 17:20

If you would develop a living faith, not like a grain of sand but like a grain of seed, do not read too many books on faith. One dear brother will tell you that you must agonize and strive to enter, while another would have you “take it by faith.” Both are right: you must mean business and be in dead earnest, but beyond that you must, like Hudson Taylor, quit working at your faith and rest in the Faithful one.

Books on faith are colored by the author’s temperament, theology, experience, style of expression. You can become more concerned about the quantity and quality of your faith than about its object. You never will get your experience to suit you. You will never pray just as you want to, or feel or preach or live just as you want to. Perfection is found only in Him.

Real faith stops studying itself and is occupied with Him. Quit digging in the ashes of your poor heart for satisfaction. Consider Him-not your faith- “lest ye be weary and faint in your minds.”

by Vance Havner

You Will Soon End Your Tedious, Tiresome Journey!

James Smith 90x115by James Smith

"The Believer’s Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble" 1842

"All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth!" Hebrews 11:13

Every believer is a pilgrim. He is traveling to his Father’s house! He is presently a stranger in a strange land, surrounded by temptations, trials, and foes. His journey lies through a great and terrible wilderness. Therefore he must not expect a very smooth path, or many comfortable accommodations. He will have much to grieve and distress him. His heart will be often burdened with grief, and filled with sorrow–tears are common to the Christian. He feels the unsuitableness of the things of time to his spirit, profession, and aim. And therefore he confesses,

"I am a stranger and a pilgrim–as all my fathers were!" Psalm 39:12