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Do as thou hast said

Morning, January 15    

 “Do as thou hast said.” 
         — 2 Samuel 7:25

God’s promiseswere never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to seehis promises put in circulation;he loves to see hischildren bring them up tohim, and say, “Lord, do as thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead his promises. Do you think that Godwill be any the poorer for giving you the richeshe has promised? Do you dream that he will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine he will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be tru…

I give myself unto prayer

Evening, January 15

   “But I give myself unto prayer.” 
         — Psalm 109:4

Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the greatKing himself. Prayeris the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manner, he gave himself to the exercise—threw his whole soul and heart into it—straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel. Thus, and thus only, shall any of us speed at the throne of grace. As a shadow has no power because there is no substance in it, even so that supplication, in which a man’s proper self is not thoroughly present in agonizing earnestness and vehement desire, is utterly ineffectual, for it lacks that which would give it force. “Fervent prayer,” says an old divine, “like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open.” The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield t…

I Understand How They Felt

January 15: I Understand How They Felt
Matthew 19:1–20:16

“Allow the children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven”(Matt 19:14).
This is the type of Jesus I want to know. It’s easy for me to think of Jesus as man I see in film or in Renaissance paintings—to make Him somehow distant in the process—but this Jesus is very compassionate and close. This Jesus takes the lowest members in society, outside of slaves, and promotes them to the ultimate status of equality: members of the kingdom of heaven, being God’s kingdom.
The disciples didn’t understand this yet; instead they rebuke the people bringing their children to Jesus (Matt 19:14). The people bringing their children simply wanted Jesus to lay Hishealing hands on them and pray for them; the disciples saw a threat to Jesus’ image. The image Jesuswanted to portray was the opposite.
It seems more often than not that I find myself worrying about the concerns of what others think, when I should be…