TDR: 20 May (James 4:6)

‘He gives us more grace’ (James 4:6)

It is impossible to be more welcome at the throne of grace than we are, or for God to be more willing to bestow grace. We are as welcome to the throne of grace, as angels are to the throne of glory. Our God has provided on purpose to give.

He invites us to come that we may receive. He gives grace upon grace. He is never weary of bestowing, though we are often weary of asking. We dishonour Him when we ask while doubting, when we ask for small matters; He invites us to ask in faith, without doubting; to open our mouths wide that He may fill them.

Grace comprises all we need, to pardon our sins, sanctify our natures, conquer our foes, bear our trials, or perform our duties. If we have not, it is because we ask not; or because we ask inappropriately, to consume our lusts.

There is grace for us this morning; let us apply for it, expect to receive it, and determine to use it for God’s glory and the good of souls. He will give grace and glory, and no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. They that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Ask, and YOU shall receive; seek, and YOU shall find. He gives liberally and generously to all who ask.

Transporting truth – amazing word!
What! Grace and glory from the Lord;
Oh, may I feel the promise true,
Fulfill’d in grace and glory too!

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘1840. Nearly twelve months have passed since I made an entry in my book. A year of great mercy, and of some usefulness. The good work never appeared to go on with us, as it has this year. I have added 97 members to the church in ten months, many of them the children which the Lord hath generously given me.’