TDR: 14 September (Genesis 33:11)

Jacob said: ‘I have everything that I want’ (Genesis 33:11)

Poor Jacob left his father’s house with only a staff, but he returned with two bands; so greatly had the Lord prospered him. But it was not his earthly possessions, but the kindness of his brother, and the grace of his God, which led him to exclaim, “I have all things”

Dear friends, such language becomes us, as the objects of Jehovah’s everlasting love; as interest in the well-ordered covenant; as entitled to all the promises; as invited to come to the Throne of grace to receive all we need; as directed to cast all our cares upon God; as having a warrant to expect every good thing on earth, and glory at the journey’s end; ought we not to rejoice and shout, “I have everything that I want”.

That’s enough to make me happy; enough to make me holy; enough to fill me with gratitude; enough to fill angels with wonder, and devils with envy and vexation.

O Jesus! To what a height You have raised us! With what great, lasting, and glorious blessings You have blessed us! Everlasting praises to Your name, and eternal glory to Your sovereign grace!

Jesus is all I wish or want!
For Him I pray, I thirst, I pant:
Let others after earth aspire;
Christ is the treasure I desire;
He is an all-sufficient store;
Possess’d of Him, I wish no more.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘May I ever leave punishment with the Lord. Children should not quarrel and fight in the street, but should go home and tell their father, and leave him to settle the matter. Just so Christians; for God said, “Avenge not yourselves, vengeance is mine, I will repay”, says the Lord [Romans 12:19].’