TDR: 1 October (Exodus 32:26)

‘Who is on the Lord’s side?’ (Exodus 32:26)

Every believer is ready to answer “I am.” Well, the Lord has a cause upon this earth; it is weak, and wants your support; it is opposed, and needs your participation.

If you are on the Lord’s side, you are on the side of truth, holiness, charity, of His worship and ordinances, of His people and His ways, and you are jealous of His honour. You unite with His people, you go forward to Jesus. If you are on the Lord’s side, He will spare you as obedient children; supply you as faithful servants; protect you as loyal subjects; and honour you as brave and courageous soldiers.

You will never see any just occasion to change sides; or regret that you decided to serve so good a Master. You will find the Lord to be on your side, supporting you in affliction; comforting you in trouble; giving you victory in death; and pronouncing you just in the judgment.

If you are on the Lord’s side, declare it openly; prove it daily; and let your whole conduct say, “I AM THE LORD’S.” Use all your influence for His cause, and rejoice to suffer for His name.

Shall I, for fear of feeble man,
The Spirit’s course in me restrain?
Awed by a mortal’s frown, shall I
Conceal the word of God most high?
How then before Thee shall I dare,
To stand, or how Thine anger bear?

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘May I never cause God’s weak ones to stumble, or lay a stumbling-block in any sinner’s way. O my God, I desire anew to consecrate myself to thee… I give myself up to thee entirely, unreservedly, and for ever. O condescend to take me, thoroughly sanctify me, and use me to do great good in thy church, and in the world!’