Tag: Dark

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“Nevertheless, at Your Word!” Luke 5:5

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will go forward.

This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear! It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, “May Your will be done!” But, nevertheless, at Your word I will say, “Even so, Father–for this is Your good pleasure!”

This besetting sin or bad habit of mine–is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself–a second nature! To be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles me! This idol, I will utterly abolish!

“You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed!” Psalm 119:4

“Help me understand Your instruction–and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart!” Psalm 119:34

by John MacDuff

Do Not Be Afraid, For I Am With You!

James Smithby James Smith

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

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you!” Isaiah 43:5

The presence of a friend in trouble is cheering and consoling. But it is too often the case, that our friends, like the friends of Job, prove to be miserable comforters. They do not enter into our troubles–or they cannot help us. The advice they give at times–only aggravates our woe, and adds to our distress.

But, believer, your God says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you!” What a thought is this! God, the great, the glorious, the omnipotent Jehovah–is with me!

With me to help me, with me to comfort me, with me to sanctify me, with me to save me, with me as a kind benignant Father, with me in every place, in every trouble, in every conflict, with me through all my journey and for evermore, with me on the bed of sickness, with me to hold communion with me, with me to listen to my sighs, with me to number my tears, and with me to secure me from all injury!

Appearances may be very dark; the night may seem very long; and your pains, weakness, and fears may be many and great. Still, if the Lord is with you, you may sing,

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty–yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Habakkuk 3:17-18

by James Smith