Saturday, February 21, 2009


"He hath said"--Hebrews 13:5

If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering
weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged
sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound
before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses
of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the
snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from
beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath
the bulwark of “He hath said”? Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or
for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort. And
this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There
may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you
may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like
prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which
would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for
it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There
may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may
yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover
what “He hath said.” Should you not, besides reading the Bible, store your memories
richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men;
you treasure up the verses of renowned poets;ought you not to be profound
in your knowledge of the words of God, sothat you may be able to quote them
readily when you would solve a difficulty, or overthrow a doubt? Since “He
hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it
dwell in you richly, as “A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So
shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.

(From Morning and Evening for February 21st; morning)

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