‘I know their sorrows’ (Exodus 3:7)
The Lord is acquainted with all the sorrows of His people; they do not suffer unnoticed; He sympathises with them, and will send sorrow and comfort to them. Israel suffered, but Jesus sympathised. “In all their affliction He was afflicted; and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He carried them all the days of old”.
Dear friends, He knows our sorrows, and He will be our Comforter. Let us lay them all before Him; let us plead with Him; He will be very gracious unto us at the voice of our cry; when He hears He will answer. He is moved with the feeling of our infirmities. He once suffered; He was “THE MAN OF SORROWS”; and He is able to strengthen us now.
His sorrows are ended, and so will ours be soon; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. We shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
We shall enter into His joy, be filled with His love, and forever be with Him. O Jesus! Help me to not dwell on my sorrows, but by Your Spirit direct my heart into Your love!
Away with our sorrow and fear,
We soon shall recover our home.
The city of saints shall appear,
The day of eternity come.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘My New Year’s motto is, “Father, glorify Thy name” John 12:21. I hope it will be my prayer every day of my future life. Last evening I sat down at the Lord’s table, with about 1800 of the Lord’s people in Surrey Chapel, members of different denominations, the Lord was there, and it was a solemn and profitable time’.