‘Let not your hearts be troubled’ (John 14:1)
Jesus does not approve of you being agitated, perplexed and in an uncomfortable state. He wishes to see you steady, holy, and happy. He forbids your fear; He commands your faith. As He is with you, as He is engaged for you, you should leave your concerns totally with Him. But how can we achieve this?
Get the mind certain of a covenant interest in God as your personal God. Live under the impression that ‘God is with me’. He observes everything that takes placed within and around me. He notices the minute details of my life. He is watching for an opportunity to do me good; He will not allow anything to hurt me; He will glorify Himself in me, and me in Himself; He bids me trust Him; I will trust and not be afraid.
What will follow? He will keep them in perfect peace, whose minds are resting on Him, because they trust in Him. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Let nothing trouble you, for your soul is in the hands of Jesus; your life is hidden with Christ in God; your times are at God’s disposal; and all things are working together for your good.
O my soul! What means this sadness?
Wherefore art thou thus cast down?
Let thy grief be turned to gladness,
Bid thy restless fear be gone:
Look to Jesus,
And rejoice in his dear name.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Surely no one could have borne with me, who had a thorough knowledge of me, but my God! His long-suffering, like His nature, appears to be infinite. He is slow to anger, plenteous in mercy, and that mercy endureth for ever. May my future life, correspond more with the example of my blessed Saviour, and may my usefulness abound more and more.’