TDR: 19 May (2 Kings 4:23)

‘It shall be well’ (2 Kings 4:23)

This was the language of a believer in trouble; and it should be our language under similar circumstances. Our trials, troubles, and difficulties may be great; but it shall be well with those who fear God. Are you alarmed at the powerful working of corruption within you? It shall be well, for sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace.

Are you distressed by the evil suggestions and powerful temptations of Satan? It shall be well, for the God of peace will soon bruise Satan under your feet. Is your soul cast down by the vexations, difficulties, and trials of the way? It shall be well, for all things shall work together for good, to them that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Do you conclude your case is unique, and therefore fear? It shall be well, for no temptation has taken you except such that is common to others; and God is faithful, and He will not allow you to suffer temptation beyond your ability to bear it, and He will make a way of escape for you.

Oh, precious promise of a gracious God! Lord, help me to believe, rely and rejoice.

What cheering words are these,
Their sweetness who can tell?
In time, and to eternal days,
‘Tis with the righteous well.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘I will sing of mercy and of judgement, unto Thee O Lord, will I sing. O to be entirely and forever the Lord’s!’