TDR: 8 September (Isaiah 40:8)

‘The word of our God shall stand for ever’ (Isaiah 40:8)

The word of our God is like His nature, immutably the same; He says, “I will not break my covenant, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my mouth.”

Christian believer, this is your comfort; every promise is confirmed and shall be fulfilled. But what has He said? He has said, “Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will never leave you, nor forsake you. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

All that He says will surely come to pass. Not one jot or tittle can fail. He never spoke hastily, insincerely, or unwisely; He has drawn His plan, given His word, and everything shall answer the end He had in view. We may be disappointed, God cannot. We may change our mind, or break our word, but God cannot. He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Trust, and do not be afraid.

The word of God shall still endure,
Faithful, immutable, and sure:
This solid rock shall never break,
Though earth should to her centre shake.
And while it stands we should not fear,
For all we need is promised there.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘May I feel more than ever my dependence upon, and my obligations to, the Lord… It says to me, “Watch and pray, lest you should become what he [the writer of a poisonous letter] says you are. Bless God that he is mistaken, and pray for grace to keep you as far from what he charges you with as possible”. We frequently need admonition, and we sometimes listen to an enemy, when we should scarcely do so to a friend.’