TDR: 23 January (Mark 4:40)

‘Why are you so afraid?’ (Mark 4:40)

The disciples appeared to be in danger and fear filled their hearts. They did not realise that they were the care and charge of Jesus, or else knowing Him their fears could have had no place.

Beloved, you are in the hands of your loving Saviour. He has charge of you and all your concerns. He has numbered the very hairs of your head, and watches over you every moment, by night as well as by day. He is ever present, His eye cannot be diverted from you, His omnipotence is engaged to defend you, His fullness to supply you, His wisdom to guide you, and His perfections will be glorified in your everlasting holiness and happiness.

He says, “Why are you so afraid?”…  Jesus is a very present help, He is a friend that loves you at all times. He is your SHIELD, and will be your exceeding great reward. But perhaps you have wandered from Him; your conscience accuses, and Satan tempts you to despair. Go, go and return to Him – delay not a moment longer, and cast yourself, guilty as you are, at His feet, confessing all and giving yourself to Him afresh. He will receive you graciously, love you freely, and restore the joys of His salvation.

 The saints should never be dismay’d,
Nor sink in hopeless fear,
For when they least expect His aid,
The Saviour will appear.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘Earthly things at present have a tendency to bear me down, but I desire to remember that “he that believeth shall not make haste” and “he that hasteth with his feet sinneth”. My heavenly Father is bringing his poor, blind child in a way he knoweth not, and is leading him in paths that he has not known. I am remarkably indulged at the throne of grace.’