TDR: 20 January (Luke 1:17)

‘The wisdom of the just’ (Luke 1:17)

The Lord’s people are justified freely, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. The work of Jesus is their justification before God; in this they trust; this they plead; and in this they rejoice.

Taught by the Holy Spirit, they manifest wisdom in readily believing God’s faithful word, and trusting Him to make good the same to them. They resign themselves and all they value into His hands for preservation, and to be entirely at His disposal, persuaded that His wisdom and love will do better for them, than they possibly could for themselves. They refer all things to God for His decision, and cheerfully abide by His sentence.

They live in simple, child-like dependence upon His providence and grace, for body and soul, for time and eternity, seeking to make His will theirs. They walk in charity with their fellow Christians, who differ in some things from them, and would do good to all, especially to them who are of the household of faith.

Beloved, do you manifest this wisdom? Do you walk by this rule? Do you mind the same things? Have you the wisdom that is from above, which is pure, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits?

 Boundless wisdom, power divine,
Love unspeakable, are thine,
Wisdom, Lord, to me be giv’n,
Wisdom pure, which comes from heav’n.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘Easter Monday. This has been a blessed day to my soul. I had thought that Jesus could not have been more precious to me, but he has wonderfully endeared himself to my soul today. It is a sweet thought, that throughout eternity, Jesus will be growing precious to his redeemed ones. His loveliness will be constantly opening and expanding to take in deeper, sweeter and more glorious views of him.’