TDR: 3 October (Exodus 32:26)

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

Every Christian believer is ready to answer: I am. Well, the Lord has a cause upon the earth; it is weak, and He wants your support; it is opposed, and needs your countenance. If you are on the Lord’s side, you are on the side of trust – holiness – charity – of His worship and ordinances – of His people and His ways – and you are jealous of His honour.

Your unite with His people, go forward to Jesus, bearing His reproach. 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 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 judgement.

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 glory, consecrate all your energies to 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

‘I cannot say I have laboured here in vain, for many souls have been converted, some backsliders have been restored, and nearly 500 members have been added during my pastorate of eight years. My soul is now feeding on David’s testimony, “The Lord was my stay”. I will endeavour to stay myself on his word, his faithfulness, and his covenant mercy.’