Category: Trials

You have not yet come to the rest

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“You have not yet come to the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you!” Deuteronomy 12:9

These words were addressed to the people of Israel in reference to their entrance into Canaan. A better rest and a more glorious inheritance are in reserve for the people of God–and they are freely bestowed. As Canaan was given to the Jews–so is Heaven, with all its joys, given to believers! God has, in unspeakable grace, given His only begotten Son–and with Him, He freely gives all things.

Christian pilgrim, you have not yet come to the rest and inheritance which the Lord your God will give you. You have yet a little longer to tread the wilderness course: your work is not yet done, your battles are not all fought, your trials are not all endured. But praise your God and take courage!

“He who has helped you hitherto, Will help you all your journey through!”

You have not yet come to your rest–but you are coming to it! It is a little nearer now, than it was yesterday.

You are not yet in possession of your eternal inheritance–but Christ is in possession, and you are a joint heir with Him. Where the forerunner is–there all His followers will be!

“Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance–an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay!” 1 Peter 1:3-4

by Grace Gems

The Infallible Pilot!

John Newtonby John Newton

Letters of John Newton

Dear friend,

Your constitution, your situation, your temperament, all that is either comfortable or painful in your lot–is of God’s divine appointment. The hairs of your head are all numbered! The same power which produced the planets, is necessary to the production of a single hair; nor can one of them fall to the ground without His notice, any more than the stars can fall from their orbits!

In providence, no less than in creation, He controls the very greatest as well as the very smallest things.

Healing and wounding are equally from His hand–and equally tokens of His love and care over us.

Our faithful and good Shepherd affords to us strength according to our day. He knows our frame, and will lay no more on us than He will enable us to bear–no more than He will cause to work for our good. Our comforts of every kind come free and undeserved–and when we are afflicted, it is because there is a need-be for it. He does it not willingly. Our trials are either beneficial medicines, or honorable appointments, to put us in such circumstances as may best qualify us to show forth His praise.

Our sea may sometimes be stormy, but we have an infallible Pilot, and shall infallibly gain our port!

Therefore do not be afraid; only believe!

by John Newton