‘Do not be anxious about anything’ (PHILIPPIANS 4:6)
The Lord cares for us. He knows our wants, and has promised to supply them; our foes, and He will deliver us from them; our fears, and He will make us ashamed of them. All creatures and things are in His hand and at His disposal. All circumstances are absolutely under His control. He directs the angel, feeds the sparrow, curbs the devil, and manages the tempest.
He is your FATHER. His love to you is infinite. You are His DELIGHT – His dear son and daughter, His pleasant child. Will He neglect you? Impossible!
Cast then your cares upon Him. Tell out all your desires, fears and troubles to Him; let Him know everything from you and keep nothing back. And then in the confidence of faith expect Him to fulfil His word and act a parent’s part. Bless Him for all He has given, for all He has promised; plead with Him for all you may need; but never for one moment, or under any circumstances, distrust Him.
He cannot love you more. He is a present help. He will make all His goodness pass before you. He will rejoice over you to do you good, with His whole heart and with His whole soul.
Then let me banish anxious care,
Confiding in my Father’s love;
To Him make known my wants in prayer
Prepared His answer to approve.
DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘On the last day of this year, I wrote in my diary as follows, “Through the richest mercy I am now brought to the close of another year, let me therefore ask thee, O my soul, what are thy improvements this year? Is Christ more precious? Do His work, righteousness and blood, appear inestimable? Dost thou see more of His suitability, and feel a stronger attachment to Him? Is His glory dearer to thee and His honour more precious in thy sight? Dost thou feel more devoted to Him, and find greater pleasure in His service? Dost thou lie lower at the foot of the cross and is Jesus more lovely in thine eyes…”’ [continued tomorrow]