‘We trust in the living God’ (1 Timothy 4:10)
The living God is opposed to a dying world, to our dying frames, and to our dying friends; these must not be trusted, or we shall be wretched.
Our God ought to be trusted, for He is the only suitable object of a Christian’s trust; He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think. He is immutable. He never disappointed a sinner’s hope, if founded on His word; or refused a believer’s petition, for deliverance or relief.
If we trust in the living God, it will preserve us from perpetual disappointment; from bitter reflections on self and others; from many dangers; and from the threatened cures. If we trust in the living God we are blessed; we shall be fruitful; we shall be delivered from slavish fears; we shall enjoy perfect peace; we shall be provided for; we shall find a refuge in every storm; have an answer for all who reproach us; experience firmness and stability; and enjoy solid happiness.
Let us make certain: Are we trusting in the living God? Let us seek grace daily, to live in simple, child-like dependence upon Him. Blessed is the person who trusts in the Lord.
In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust,
Mighty and merciful and just
Who hides my life above;
Thou canst, Thou wilt my Helper be;
My confidence is all in Thee,
My faithful God of love.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I long for a glorious outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the congregation and neighbourhood. But I fear I do not lie low enough at the feet of Jesus for this yet. Man must be nothing, if God is to work gloriously by him. O to be so broken down before God, to be so purified as a vessel of honour, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use’.