God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves to see his children bring them up to him, and say, “Lord, do as thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead his promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches he has promised? Do you dream that he will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine he will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?” but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, “Lord, here is the promise, ‘Do as thou hast said.’” Our Lord replies, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonours him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, “Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, ‘Thou hast said it;’“ then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash his own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with “Do as thou hast said.” C.H. Spurgeon
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel-”HE careth for me.” Christian! do not dishonour religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight which your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden, would be to him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing is so sweet as to
“Lie passive in God’s hands,
And know no will but his.”
O child of suffering, be thou patient; God has not passed thee over in his providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows, will also furnish you with what you need. Sit not down in despair; hope on, hope ever. Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble, and your opposition shall yet end your distresses. There is One who careth for you. His eye is fixed on you, his heart beats with pity for your woe, and his hand omnipotent shall yet bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy. The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning. He, if thou art one of his family, will bind up thy wounds, and heal thy broken heart. Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God. C.H. Spurgeon
Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (Jas 5:17)
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (Jas 5:18)
James presents us an example, or pattern for prayer. Elijah prayed, God answered and the world was changed! Talk is cheap, and we live in a sea of religion, but prayer is the great test of faith. If we really believe, and pray, something as supernatural as stopping the rain for three and one half years will occur. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Do we believe.
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“I am the Lord thy God.”
It is a wonderful thing to say “I have given myself to God.” It is even more wonderful to say that God has given Himself to me! He is my God! He says “I am the Lord thy God.” Let’s read from a great Puritan as he describes this wonderful Gift.
Herein is the propriety, and indeed here is the mercy, that God speaks thus to every faithful soul, “I am thy God.” By this appropriation God gives us a right in him, yea, a possession of him. 1. A right in him: as the woman may say of him to whom she is married, this man is my husband, so may every faithful soul say of the Lord, he is my God. 2. A possession of him: God doth not only show himself unto us, but he doth communicate himself unto us in his holiness, mercy, truth, grace, and goodness; hence it is said, “We have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Herein God gives himself to be wholly ours, consider God essentially or personally. Consider Jehovah Elohim, all is ours. God, in his essence and glorious attributes, communicates himself to us for good; and God, personally considered, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, they all enter into covenant with us.
[1.] The Father enters into covenant with us. He promiseth to be a Father to us: hence saith the Lord, “Israel is my Son, my first-born.”
[2.] The Son is in covenant with us, and speaks to us in this language; “Thou art mine; I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, and therefore thou art mine.” This is Christ’s covenant with us; he brings us back to his Father, from whose presence we were banished, and sets us before his face for ever. He promiseth to restore us to the adoption of sons; and not only to the title, but to the inheritance of sons, that we might be where he is.
[3.] The Holy Ghost makes a covenant with us. “By one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified; whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness.” “This is the covenant that I will make with them; I will put my law into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” I know the Father is implied in this, yet here is the proper work of the Holy Ghost. What the Father hath purposed, and the Son hath purchased for us, that the Holy Ghost effects in us. He applies the blood of Christ for the remission of sins; he writes the law in our hearts; he comforts us in our sadness; he supports us in our faintings and guides us in our wanderings. Now in that he effects these things for us, and in our behalf, he is said to make a covenant with us. Thus Elohim, God personally considered, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are in covenant with us. Isaac Ambrose 1653 AD.