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Morning and Evening

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“Thou art my hope in the day of evil.” —Jeremiah 17:17
The path of the Christian is not always bright with the sunshine; he has his seasons of darkness and of the storm. Right, it is written in God’s Word, “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace;” And it is a great truth, that religion is calculated to give a man happiness below as well as bliss above. But experience tells us that if the course of the just is “As the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day,” yet sometimes that light is eclipsed. At certain periods clouds cover the believer’s sun, and he walks in darkness and sees no light. Many have rejoiced in the presence of God for a season. They have basked in the sunshine in the earlier stages of their Christian career. They have walked along the “green pastures” by the side of the “still waters.” But suddenly, they find the glorious sky is clouded. Instead of the Land of Goshen, they have to tread …

Connect the Testaments

April 29: Examine Thy Self Joshua 21:1–22:9; 2 Corinthians 13:1–10; Psalm 59:1–17 Before advising others on how they should act, self-examination is always necessary. When the Corinthians questioned the authenticity of Paul and his colleagues’ ministry (which is ironic, since he had planted their church), Paul says to them: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you unless you are unqualified?” (2 Cor 13:5). None of us are ready for the ministry that Jesus has for us because we’re not worthy of the great gift of salvation He has offered. We are meant to find our identity and calling in Christ and to lead out of the gifts He has given us (see 1 Cor 12). For this reason, Paul makes this claim: “And I hope that you will recognize that we are not unqualified! Now we pray to God that you not do wrong in any way, not that we are seen as approved, but that you do what is good, even though we are se…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 29th The graciousness of uncertainty It doth not yet appear what we shall be.1 John 3:2. Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently, we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says—‘Well, supposing I were in that condition …’ We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in. Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 29 Thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me Isa. 49:23 Quiet waiting before God would save from many a mistake and from many a sorrow. J. Hudson Taylor Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.